"It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
Sometimes in our lives we are called to take steps in new directions. These new directions can be pleasant things like a promotion at work, a new child, a new car, or even a new home. However other times these steps can be an unpleasant thing. Times like a loss of job, a natural disaster, or the loss of a loved one can all be terrible new directions in life. And while we all know these seasons of life come and go, we all find ourselves struggling when these unpleasant directions come do we not?
In these times I am reminded of a wonderful concept and belief of our connection and it is the word ‘Prevenient grace’. The prevenient nature of God’s grace describes the character of God’s grace and how it goes before us, prepares a path for us, and draws us close to him, even before we know he is there. It is how the writer of Deuteronomy in the thirty-first chapter says, “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
So perhaps you’ve come into a season of unpleasantness. Or maybe you have just come out of such a season. Whatever our journeys in Christ, we know that God is still there. He has gone before in preparation, continues alongside us, and as Christ promises, he will be with us until the end of the age.
Take heart friends, before we have a God who goes before.
-Rev. Bradley Chamblee