When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
The above verse, Isaiah 43:2, comforted Elisabeth Elliot during her battle with dementia. I met her at a conference in South Carolina many years ago following the death of her second husband. She was an incredible woman and spiritual mother to many.
Sixty years ago today her husband, along with four other men, were killed in the waters of Auca Beach, sometimes called Palm Beach, while attempting to evangelize the Huaorani people of Ecuador.
The story of Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Nate Saint, Peter Flemming, and Roger Youderian lives on in Elisabeth’s book Shadow of the Almighty. Today, in memory of this event, John Piper posted an article titled, “Slain in the Shadow of the Almighty,” where he highlights the omnipotence and sovereignty of God in an event that the world called tragic.
The omnipotence of God means eternal, unshakable refuge in the everlasting glory of God, no matter what happens on this earth. And that confidence is the power of radical obedience to the call of God — even the call to die.
Piper ends his article with the truth that we live perfectly secure in the shadow of the Almighty. I pray that I will believe that with all my heart and live my life accordingly.