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Lion Ahead of Me

There is such a peace that passes understanding being in Your hands, Father (Philippians 4:7). Help me to remain in the center of Your will this day and every day. Amen.

“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

At many periods in our lives, we can look ahead and begin to feel overwhelmed. There is no end to the many things that could be included on this list. And they can be quite different for each of us. But, Lord, as I look ahead to what this week may hold, I turn to You.

This verse from Deuteronomy is part of Moses’ farewell speech to Joshua and the people of Israel. This was a time of great transition. There were on the verge of stepping into the land promised them. There were some “knowns” but many unknowns. Moses was driving home the fact that they were not going it alone.

He proclaims, For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you.” God, himself, was personally going ahead of them! Anything and everything they would come up against would have to go through God first. There was no reason to be afraid. There was no reason to panic. It was proven over and over again that He would “neither fail…nor abandon” them.

Lord, this week is really no different than the 54 plus years of weeks I have gone through before. It is full of “knowns” and unknowns but regardless of what lays ahead absolutely everything I will come up against has to go through You first…and You have never failed or abandoned me. Help me to boldly go forward. May I be “strong and courageous” as I walk in Your strength and Your courage for there is nothing to fear, for You, Lord, the Lion of Judah, are personally going ahead of me! Thank You, Lord! Amen.

Sept 25th, Mon, 6:37 am

Reverent Fear

Good morning, Father! I am so grateful for Your hand upon my shoulder throughout the day, yesterday. Your palpable presence was invigorating and such an encouragement! I know You are always with me, but yesterday was just extra special. Thank You!

1 Peter 1:17b (<<click here)

“… live in reverent fear of [the heavenly Father] during your time as foreigners in the land.”

Lord, as I look at this passage this morning the word “fear” sticks out. It brings to mind many possible definitions. It seems that when we see the word fear, our minds automatically home in on being afraid. Even as I ponder the many facets of it, my mind is everywhere.

First of all, Peter writesreverent fear.” My study Bible* notes emphasize its meaning as the “healthy respect…for the all- powerful God.” This is definitely a very important aspect in our relationship with God.

Over the years I’ve heard it illustrated in comparison to a “healthy respect” for fire or electricity. Both of these things can greatly enhance our lives…but we must be cautious. They are both very powerful and if they are interacted with in an improper manner, suffering can take place – even death.

God is all powerful and we must interact with Him with the utmost of respect. But we cannot be afraid of Him to the point of avoiding him or cowering in His presence. He loves us with such intensity that we can’t truly comprehend it. He desires not to harm us but for us to grow in Him and to love Him in return.

I guess the one area that we must guard against most is losing that reverent aspect of our interactions. He is our God. He is our Savior. Scripture tells us he is our friend (John 15:15, James 2:23) and we rejoice in that fact! But I don’t think we should ever consider Him as our “buddy”. That idea seems to knock the reverence right out of it.

Lord, You are many things to us. You love us beyond measure and we love You, too. But we would ask that we would hold You in his best regard. We are blessed and honored that You should call us friend. Amen

Nov 2nd, Wed, 5:51 am