Is 43:1-2a But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; Have you ever been out on the open sea in a boat? The ocean can be a violent and dangerous place. On the surface, even in relatively mild seas, your boat is constantly shifting under your feet. In heavy seas it can be difficult to remain standing. The waves of the sea are pushed about according to whatever winds are pressed upon the waters. To survive the force of the sea, a vessel must be well made, which is to say solid and secure. It must persevere and be steadfast in spite of the storms. Anyone can flail about out there in the waves of temptation going where the winds of the world will take them. Only in Christ do we have a secure vessel that can carry us safely home. Remain in the safe ship (Christ) and you will make it to port (heaven).
This post is an excerpt (Question 6.17) from my book Ask James one.