He Goes Before Me

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2 Samuel 22:37    You enlarged my path under me; so that my feet did not slip.

When I was young, we hiked quite a bit. I can remember several times when we had hiked up a trail that was a small narrow path with a sharp drop off. My dad would go before me and tell me where to step or to widen the path for me. Often times he would try the path first, come back to me, hold my hands while he walked backwards to safely guide me so I did not slip.

If my earthly father cares for me in this way; I can only imagine what my Heavenly Father does for me in my daily walk. He goes before me enlarging and lighting my path, teaching and leading me where to go. He knows the turns I will take, the narrow paths I will have to walk, the boulders I’ll have to go around and the mountains I will climb. I pray daily that the path I take is His path: His will for me.

How do we know His will? How do we know He is there? For believers, we trust His word in the Bible. We see evidence that He has been there for us. How he guides us through our trials, comforts and cares for us by providing blessings.  The blessing could be a butterfly passing by the window if you are at home sick, flowers or a meal that a friend drops off, an unexpected phone call from an old friend or a kind repairman when your kitchen sink is clogged. However, so often, we can miss God’s blessings because we are so focused on the trials.  We get wrapped up like a mummy in our pain, fear, anxiety or depression. What we focus on can keep us from moving forward on God’s path.

Be focused on Him. Be encouraged.

Isaiah 48:16-18
16 Draw near to me, hear this:
from the beginning I have not spoken in secret,
from the time it came to be I have been there.”
And now the Lord God has sent me, and his Spirit.
17 Thus says the Lord,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
who teaches you to profit,
who leads you in the way you should go.
18 Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments!
Then your peace would have been like a river,
and your righteousness like the waves of the sea;

In the last verse, it states, “Your peace would have been like a river.” Let’s remember that rivers come in all shapes and sizes. Some are calm that you can just gently float down in an inner tube. Others, have rapids; small rolling rapids to dangerous Class VI rapids. The peace that He is talking about does not come from a peaceful life without trials. We live in a world full of pain and varying rapids. The peace comes from trusting Him and the mercy He provides in those trials. When we believe in Him, He gives us the Holy Spirit. He is the experienced guide and He gives us the safety gear and raft for whatever the river journey will be.

We must be listening to Him.

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Psalm 85:10 “Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed.”

Philippians 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Lord, we are so thankful for your truth and blessings. If we look back at what You have brought us through, we can see and trust that you have enlarged our path; so that our feet do not slip as we walk through life. Thank you for lovingly leading and guarding us. May we feel your peace as we move forward on Your path! In Jesus name, Amen.