He Is Going On Before You

Each of us faces many circumstances in our lifetime which challenge our faith. We are called upon to walk paths that are fraught with uncertainty. Often, we are called to fight battles where it seems that the odds are totally against us. There are times where we experience such pain and loss that it would seem that our souls will be swallowed up in despair.

As we reflect upon the pages of Sacred Writ, we notice that one of the great challenges that God's people had to face was when Jehovah instructed them to take the land of Canaan. The people of Israel had been slaves in Egypt. They were delivered from their bondage, not by rising up and defeating their enemy, rather by God's mighty outstretched arm. God gave them a list of nations whom they were to drive out from the land. Some of these nations had armies comprised of skilled warriors. Some of these nations were far greater in number than the little nation of Israel. The idea of clashing with these people would naturally tend to spawn fear and doubt in the hearts of those who would be going into battle. God understood this fact and used the words of Moses to counter such reactions. "Then I said to you, 'Do not be terrified, or afraid of them. 'The LORD your God, who goes before you, He will fight for you, according to all He did for you in Egypt before your eyes'" (Deuteronomy 1:29-30). Moses spoke with Joshua, who would soon assume the leadership of Israel, "Be strong and of good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which the LORD has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it. And the LORD, He is the one who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed" (Deuteronomy 31:7-8).

Christians have no reason to allow fear and doubt to invade and control their lives for God is still going before His people today. He has promised, "I will never leave you nor forsake you…" (Hebrews 13:5). He has promised that He can and will bring good from whatever may befall you and me in this life. "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28). We are all called to traverse many uphill paths that abound with danger, pain and uncertainty. However, we serve a Heavenly Father who is constant in His presence, and He assures us that through His strength that we will ultimately have victory which will culminate in our entrance into that eternal heavenly abode promised to those who faithfully persevere to the end.

Is your faith being challenged by the uncertain path that you are being called to walk? Do not fear because He is going before you!