Deuteronomy 31:6 – “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, He it is that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” (KJV)
After being rescued from Pharaoh’s slavery, the Israelites were led through the wilderness by Moses. Over a period of 40 years, they had learnt to become dependent on him. They expected him to solve every little problem.
But when Moses realized he was about to die, he wanted to prepare them for his departure. He challenged the Israelites to put their complete trust in God. To be strong and courageous. He entreated them never to fear, and reassured them that the Lord God would always go before them—lead, support, comfort, and protect them.
What greater assurance could the Lord offer to those that have placed their trust in Him?
In like manner, believers have been brought out of the world and rescued from the kingdom of darkness. And just like the Israelites, the Lord takes us through years of training to mature us in our faith—the kind that trusts His Word and obeys His commands.
We know from Hebrews 13:8 that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever”. This is the same God who reassures us that His grace is sufficient for us every day. Therefore, we are to be strong in the Lord; our faith steadfast in Him. When we abide (live, dwell) in Him, we can be rest assured that the Lord Jesus will go before us. He will prepare the way ahead. For He has promised, “… and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:20)