Updated: Jan 3
The Lord is your protector, and He goes before you to make your paths clear.
(Deuteronomy 31:6 CEB) '6 Be strong! Be fearless! Don’t be afraid and don’t be scared by your enemies, because the Lord your God is the one who marches with you. He won’t let you down, and he won’t abandon you.'
The Lord was giving instructions to the Israelites to be strong and courageous as they were facing their enemies on the way to the land the Lord promised them. The Israelites were facing armies and giants as they marched to the promised land, and the Lord knew they needed to be encouraged. Usually, when people face difficult challenges and giants (metaphorically speaking) in their lives, there is a good chance fear can be present as they go through these challenges. We know this because the Lord would not tell us to have courage if there was no possibility of us being in fear. There is no need for courage if fear is never present. Fear being present in our trials or challenges in our life doesn't mean we are faithless; what it means is that we are human. Sometimes as Christians, we are told we cannot have any fears in our life. If this were so, why would the Lord want us to have courage?
What the Lord wants from us is to have the courage to trust in Him and move past our fears to conquer the trials and tribulations that our before us. The Lord is interested in developing us to trust in Him and move forward in His power. The story of Gideon, which starts in Judges 6 (Bible), is a great example of this process taking place in someone's life. Gideon was full of fear and self-doubt, but with the encouragement and backing of the Lord, Gideon and a small band of soldiers fought an army and were victorious. This is what the Lord wants us to gain from scriptures like this. Anything is possible with God (Matthew 19:26) as long as you have enough courage to move forward and trust in Him.
What a concept; the Lord goes before you to watch over and protect you. This can seem difficult for people to understand and/or accept, especially since a lot of us seem to go from trial to trial. If the Lord is going before us, why do we face so much difficulty in our lives? Well, what if I told you the Lord goes before you, but He is not going to stop the trial from developing you. People, in general, like to be in their comfort zone. Almost none of us like to face trials, tribulations, and hardships in our lives. But it is only through these trials and tribulations that we develop the strength and understanding the Lord wants us to have to fulfill our purpose in this life.
Adversity has a way of strengthening us when we do not cower before it. There was an old saying I use to hear a lot when I was young, "what doesn't kill you will make you stronger." The Lord goes before you to stop the trial from killing you, but He absolutely wants you to become stronger through it. Family, not one of us should allow self-doubt and fear to kill our hopes and dreams. This is one of the tactics the enemy uses to stop you from fulfilling your God-given purpose. It is time for each and every one of us to be courageous in the face of adversity and trust in the Lord in everything we do.
Challenge yourself to pray and read God's Word on a daily basis. As you understand more, start acting out on what it says. Then you will truly see the blessing of the Word of God in your life.
Ask your Heavenly Father to help you to understand His Word and give you the wisdom and understanding needed to act upon it.
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