"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (Deuteronomy 31:8)
“The Lord himself goes before you!” What a powerful declaration! Not just the Lord goes before you, but the Lord himself! The use of the word “himself” following “Lord” denotes absolute promise of the statement. El Shaddai himself, the Lord God Almighty, goes before you every day. He constantly remains with you throughout the day and night. He does not leave you deserted or alone. There is no greater Warrior, Shepherd, Provider, Friend, and Savior. He is Emanuel; He is constantly with you. He is the Lord who yearns for your love and surrendered heart, and when He is owns your heart, He becomes all that you need for this journey of life.
If He is Lord of your life, then why are you afraid and why are you discouraged? Perhaps your heart has been ripped into shreds or you have forgotten how to reach for His comfort and strength. Perhaps feelings of fear have claimed your mind and heart instead of faith in knowing that the Lord God Almighty himself is with you. No matter how rejected or betrayed or alone you may feel, there is this truth of His absolute presence and abiding love. He never betrays or rejects. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. There is no change in His constant and consistent commitment to you. If you will constantly and consistently seek Him, you will understand the depth of His love and commitment to you. You will know He is with you whatever comes your way.
“Nothing is for sure, Lord” you declare, “and nothing is for keeps. All I know is that your love will live eternally. I will my find way, and I will find my peace knowing you will meet my every need. So my life is in your hands, and my heart is in your keeping. I'm never without hope as long as my future is with you. My life is in your hands, and though I may not see clearly, I will lift my voice and sing. Your love does amazing things. Lord, I know my life is in your hands” (from “My Life is in Your Hands/ Kathy Trocolli).
There is no greater peace than knowing that your life is in His hands.