When I worked in the area of childcare, I remember how we would walk with the children. There would always be an adult leading the way and there would always be an adult at the end of the line. Having an adult at the front of the line would not only provide leadership but also protection. The leading adult could be sure to watch out for danger lurking ahead. The adult at the back of the line had the job of making sure all the children were in the line and no one was left behind. The adult in the back also provided protection for the children because he or she had a different perspective.
Isaiah wrote that the Lord went ahead of the people and that the Lord protected the people from behind. There was protection all around, almost as if the people were in a giant protective bubble. But this bubble is real. God goes before us and he goes behind us. We are always under his protection.
Knowing that the Lord is with us always, that he is always before us and behind us and with us, can help us all to press forward with confidence. We can walk in faith, knowing that he is in control and that we are always under his protection.
“You will not leave in a hurry, running for your lives. For the LORD will go ahead of you; yes, the God of Israel will protect you from behind.” – Isaiah 52:12 [NLT]
I have always had the privilege of working with people all of my life—people from all walks of life. Today there was a man who said he wanted to ask a question to a lady who was standing in my line. He said, “If a bear was chasing you and up ahead there was a tree on the one side and a church on the other, which would you choose? The tree or the church?” Quickly she responded, “I would choose the church. I trust Jesus. No matter what, I trust Jesus.”
The question was actually a joke. The man knew the lady would respond “church” and his response was going to be, “I would have chosen the tree. I was taught not to go to church with a bare behind.” (Insert snicker here). What I loved is how quick the lady responded with Jesus and how she said NO MATTER WHAT.
Today I want you to consider the NO MATTER WHAT. Do you trust Jesus no matter what? If there was a bear chasing you – if you lost your job – if you lost a loved one – if you are having difficulties at work – if school is stressful – if your relationship is falling apart – do you TRUST JESUS no matter what?
“But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I will always trust in God’s unfailing love.” – Psalm 52:8 [NLT]