Another Word…by Gus Keiser

May 21, 2018

Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the desert.  There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”

                                                                                                                     Deuteronomy 1: 29-31

 Those poor, poor Israelites; having had to travel through the desert many more years than they cared to count. As they approached the land God had promised to them; spies were sent out to inspect the Promised Land.  When the spies returned, they reported that there were giants possessing great strength, which frightened God’s people.  And the people began to cry out to Moses, asking why God had led them here to die

But Moses spoke out to the people, saying to them something to the effect of…”Quit looking forward and being paralyzed in fear. God will fight for you!  Look at all he has done in the past.  He carried you in your time of need.  He guided you in the darkness when you couldn’t find your way and was with you in the light when things seemed easier and clearer.  Trust in Him!”  This is something we all need to be reminded of repeatedly.

I once had a friend tell me, “Life is a lot like rowing a boat. You can only see where you’ve been.”  You know, there’s a lot of truth in those words.  As we row through this life, we may not be able to see what lies ahead, but we know where we’ve been.  Wherever you are on your journey today, whether in times of light or in the midst of darkness, never lose sight of the fact that God is with you.  As the Israelites demonstrated to us over and over, it’s often too easy to forget how frequently God has carried us in the past, especially as we face the challenges that lie ahead.

If in the midst of these times of uncertainty, if you find yourself wondering where God is, or find yourself being paralyzed with fear over what may be coming next, hold tight to these words… The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, just the same way he did for you in          (I’ll let you fill in the blank).  God will be there to carry you as he has done before, and as he will do again and again.

Lord of all strength, power and protection, into your hands we place our whole being, knowing that as you have taken care of us in the past, so will you do for the remaining days of our lives. Amen.

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