When you pass through the waters . . . they will not sweep over you.
God does not open paths for us before we come to them, or provide help before help is needed. He does not remove obstacles out of our way before we reach them. Yet when we are at our point of need, God's hand is outstretched.
Many people forget this truth and continually worry about difficulties they envision in the future. They expect God to open and clear many miles of road before them, but He promises to do it step by step, only as their need arises. You must be in the floodwaters before you can claim God's promise.
. . . He will lead us safely through.
Taken from the devotional guide Streams in the Dessert by L.B. Cowman for January 6.