He Goes Before

It is the Lord who goes before you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
Deuteronomy 31:8 AMP

We live on a curvy road.  To get anywhere, we must drive up and down and around a mountain.  Sometimes I wish it wouldn’t be so curvy; I wish it were a straight shot from one destination to another.  Nevertheless, I do understand those engineers had a purpose for creating the road so curvy.  Did they want to make us car sick? No, although that happens sometimes.  Did they want to make sure we did not drive too fast?  No, although I do make sure I slow down on the corners. The most likely reason the engineers designed the road with curves and hills is because that particular path was the best way over the mountain.

Now think about your daily walk with the Lord.  Although I am sure you are like me and would prefer a smooth, straight road through life, oftentimes the straightest shot isn’t the best route; sometimes we need sharp curves, steep slopes, and even long tunnels to get to the other side.  What we must remember is we are not the engineers of our lives; God is. So whether we are climbing a mountain, descending into a valley, strolling through green pastures, or have seemingly lost our way–and whether the road is full of twists and turns or is long, straight and narrow–we must trust God has us walking that path for a purpose.  His purpose.

And if we know we are walking the path engineered by the God of all for His good pleasure, we can also know the truth of the above passage applies as well: it is the Lord who goes before you.

It is the Lord who goes before you. Think about this. It is the Lord who goes before you. He doesn’t just go behind you and cheer, “You can do this!” (Although He does.) He doesn’t just hold your hand and walk with you saying, “We’ve got this!” (Although He does.)  But He also takes your hand, leads the way, and says “Follow Me.”

Yes, God goes before you. Even more, He goes before you as the all-knowing Shepherd.  God goes before you because He knows the way He desires you to go–a way He has already traveled Himself—a path He has found to be the best one for your good and for His glory.

God doesn’t promise you a pain free life.  But He does promise to never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6).  He does promise to be with you wherever we go.  He does promise to go behind you, to go with you, and to go before you.

So remember today, God is on your side and you will make it through.  You will make it through because God not only says, “This is the way, walk in it.” He not only says, “I am with you wherever you go.” But He also says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear what may be, for it is I the Lord who goes before you; I will be with you. I will not fail you or abandon you. I will never leave you nor forsake you. Whatever curves have slowed you down; whatever hills seem to be pulling you backwards; remember today I am with you. I know where you’ve been, and I know where you are going.  So trust Me.  Trust in My infinite wisdom.  Trust in My promise to never let you go.  Trust.  Trust that the mountain before you is the way to victory.  It may not be straight; it may not be smooth.  But it will get you over; it will get you to the other side.  It will. So do not fear; do not be dismayed.  I will not fail you; I will not abandon you.  I will never let you go.  In fact, I not will not only be with you, I will go before you. Because I love you.  And you are Mine.”

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