God Goes Before Us

The LORD your God who goes before you will Himself fight on your behalf, just as He did for you in Egypt before your eyes, 31 and in the wilderness where you saw how the LORD your God carried you, just as a man carries his son, in all the way which you have walked until you came to this place.’ 32 But for all this, you did not trust the LORD your God, 33 who goes before you on your way, to seek out a place for you to encamp, in fire by night and cloud by day, to show you the way in which you should go.” –Deuteronomy 1:30-33

 

God goes before me–whether I realize it or not.

 

What God Does

What an amazing picture of the goodness of God!  Embedded in these words are some principles that are true in the trials and  transitions that every child of God goes through:

  • God goes before us—we are not alone.
  • When we are following God, He will fight on our behalf.
  • When we find ourselves in the wilderness (difficulties and confusion) on our way, God will bring us through with loving care.
  • There are times when God carries us, just as a father carries his child.
  • God seeks out a place for us.
  • God will show us the way we should go.

This reminds me of one of my favorite verses—

 “…casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” –1 Peter 5:7

In this verse, the word cares includes both affection and physical care, as in takes care of…

But For All This

I find myself haunted by Moses’ words when he says, “But for all this, you did not trust the LORD your God…”

On those days when I struggle with negative thinking or a fearful outlook…

On those days when I think I am staring a giant in the face…

I am hit between the eyes of my soul as I realize how easily I forget how good and faithful God has been in every change and transition.

 

When Emotions and Insecurities are Getting the Best of You…

So often in scripture these same concepts and patterns are played out in our lives. The details of the situation may change, but the principle resonates through time, out of the pages of ancient writings, and into the details of my day and the challenges that I face. I can learn from the examples—emulate the good and avoid the negative.

The  take away from this is really very simple.  Not easy.  But simple.

When I am facing the difficulties, insecurities, and adjustments that come with trials or transitions,

I can choose to trust God and move forward,

believing He is with me and will help me get where I am going. 

Feeling the Need for Prayer?

If you find yourself in a situation like this, where your emotions and doubts are getting the best of you, join me in this prayer:

Lord, forgive me that I have been discontent and fearful  about_________. Change my perspective so that I can move forward and enter into what you have for me. This place, this situation,  is different, but it is good. I ask you to give me this place, to make it my own and to possess what you have for me here.

 Now I speak your word to myself: do not fear. You are going before me and you will fight on my behalf, just as you have done on so many other occasions. I believe that you will carry me through each challenge as a father carries his son. Thank You for fighting on my behalf.  I trust you to show me the way I should go.  Guide my choices and decisions—may they be prompted by faith rather than fear. . I will not let my emotions hold me back.

 Don’t let me be rebellious and unwilling in my heart, and prevent me from trying to fight the battles on my own,

 working out what I think needs to be done–putting myself where I think I should be.

Lord, I want what you want.

I will go where you lead.

Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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