The Dead Sea was an ideal place to float with no effort at all! My husband and I were there twenty-two years ago and the experience of floating on that water was unique. The salt content at 29% (as compared to oceans with 4%) made the water so dense that sinking was practically impossible! It was as if we were being held up from underneath.
Today’s verse is a wonderful promise of support for God’s chosen ones. Those He has redeemed for all eternity need have no fear of sinking in the water of this world’s troubles. He gives strength and help. He upholds us with His powerful and righteous hand. Regardless of how deep that water is, we have no cause for fear. His steady love and power will hold us up and keep our head above water.
Moving through hard times, I need to hear this. There are times I feel as if I am sinking but I am not. He has never let me down. And I know He has a plan and purpose for those difficulties. But I feel dismay and fear even so. I paddle as if my life depended on it. I panic and swallow water when I could be trusting Him and floating on the surface. He is holding me up from underneath where I cannot see.
Walking by faith and not by sight (II Cor. 5:7) means I take Him at His word regardless of how dire my circumstances are. He is there and there is no way He is letting me go under.
Thank you Lord, for holding me up!