Be strong, take courage. Don’t be intimidated; don’t give them a second thought because God, your God is striding ahead of you, He is right there with you. He won’t let you down. He won’t leave you. Deuteronomy 31:6 (Message)
I love the “God is striding ahead of you, He is right there with you.” part of this verse. I have been reminded lately that I have a choice of whether I look behind or I look ahead. In looking ahead I am eagerly anticipating what God is going to do in my life – looking for Him and what is next. It excites me. Yes, there are anxious and uncertain moments, but because I am focused on Him and trusting Him these moments are full of something deeper than the uncertainty; there is a knowing, knowing He has me covered. In looking behind I look at the past, and yes I am reminded often of all that God has done and the lessons I have learned along the way but if I am honest – and I am – what happens a lot when I look at my past, when I gaze back, I often see the screw ups. You know them. They are the poor choices, the flat out refusals to do what you know is the right thing to do, all my mess-ups, all 47 years of them. Has God used those moments? Absolutely. The thing is when I go there, to those places of falling short, I find it hard to get out of them, and I start to believe the lies of the enemy and wonder if I deserve all that is happening – whether its good or not so. It’s a tangled web of thought, it is the “from the pit of hell lies” as Suzie calls them that I often see when I look back and it is these lies that hold me back and stop me from moving forward.
Nicole Constable spoke last Monday night at Refuge and her message was so timely. There are lies in this world that will suck you in and bury you if you believe them and the truth is, we all have things that hold us down and back, that make us feel inadequate for the task at hand whether it be parenting, marriage or having a positive self image and this my friends is not Gods desire for us! God does not want us to be stuck or held down by the lies of the enemy; Nicole reminded us that even when we are not good, God is. God heals our brokenness and forgives our mistakes. Like the above verse says; “He is there, striding ahead of us”, right there in the midst of this with us. He will not let us down. God is and will always provide the covering.
Nicole also reminded us to ask God about EVERYTHING, from what he might have us wear to whom He would have us bless. I loved this reminder to have an ongoing conversation with God, going to him about everything and knowing, because He is God and He desires the best for me, He is not going to steer me in the wrong direction!
“He is right there with you” – when we walk closely with God, when we ask him about everything – there are no silly questions – by merely asking, we are able to receive Gods grace.
Now who doesn’t want that? Or a better question might be – who doesn’t need that?
Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, His blood poured out on the altar of the cross, we’re a free people – free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! Ephesians 1:7-10