“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.” (Deuteronony 31:8)
Now that the holidays are behind us, I find myself wondering what the new year will hold for me and my family. I have to admit, I have mixed emotions. While I am curious and hopeful, I feel a little nervous. At times the looking ahead makes me excited, at other times it seems overwhelming with all the possibilities.
As I look back on the past year, I remember how my family and I went through many things that we did not expect or want. But, then, there were many blessings and wonderful surprises along the way, too.
I wonder what I would choose if it was left entirely up to me. Would I choose a life of being whole and without pain and health problems? Would I choose a life of no worries and total security?
One thing is for sure, we have little control over our future. We can plan and have hopes that things will go a certain way, but in the end it usually turns out different that we had anticipated. And sometimes the “different” is for the better and sometimes it’s for the worst. But regardless of how it’s going to turn out we do know one thing for certain, God knows how it’s going to turn out.
In fact, as unbelievable as it may seem, He knows how every day of our lives will playrelatednesshe fact that God can know everything about everyone on the planet is still something that I have a hard time grasping. But we are assured by Scripture. . . God goes before us.
Knowing this about God gives me a lot of hope and reassurance for the future. Regardless of the health issues that I may have to deal with, or the money problems my family may face, or the question of whether my husband will still be working at the same place, seem small in comparison to the fact that God will already be ahead of us, working everything out. God goes before us. . . .
Psalm 139:5-6 says, “You hem me in behind and before, and You lay Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.”
God has me hemmed in. . . from behind, from the front and even above me. He has me closed in, in the palm of His hand. What could possibly touch me that God doesn’t allow? I can have the assurance that even though I don’t know what this new year will hold, I know that due to His everlasting love for me, nothing will touch me or harm me, and only the things that He wants to happen in my life will happen. God goes before us…
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that you help me to remember that regardless of what the new year holds for me, that you have gone ahead to prepare the way. Amen.
About the author
Fiona Burky is a retired Licensed Clinical Counselor who lives in Ohio. It is only by God’s grace and strength that she has been able to endure her multiple health issues. You may view her blog at: http://fionab-growingbeyondyourpainfulpast.blogspot.com
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by life and then saw God do something that gave you assurance that it was still all in His hands and reminded you that God goes before us?
Kristian Stanfill sings, “One Thing Remains” to remind us that regardless of what our day may hold, God’s love for us and the fact that we have salvation through His sacrifice never changes. Enjoy!