"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, NIV).
“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 the absolute promise of truth found in the statement. This make the great El Shaddai, the Lord God Almighty, very close and personal. The Lord Himself 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, Healer, 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 walks 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. He carries you through the fire, and He rejoices with you in the victory. He moves mountains with your mustard seed of faith, and He brings greater faith because you have invested that seed in Him. He raises you to walk in His strength and purpose no matter what tries to discourage you. 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 the Lord Himself is with you whatever comes your way.
“Nothing is for sure, Lord, 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” (“My Life is in Your Hands”/ Kathy Trocolli).
There is no greater peace than knowing that the Lord Himself has your life in His hands.
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