Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…
“Then Moses summoned Joshua. He said to him with all Israel watching, “…God is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t worry.”
Deuteronomy 31: 7-8 (The Message)
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1: 9 (NLT)
Nice to know.
The promises those scriptures set out for you and for me.
That God is ahead of us, and is with us, will never leave us and will be with us wherever we go.
Nice to know.
But those of us on the journey which just passed through yesterday, is now going through today, and is headed toward whatever tomorrow will be, well, there are times that it doesn’t always seem that way.
There are times we feel all alone.
When illness hits.
Tragedy unexpectedly rears up and leaves us broken, wondering why, and not knowing where to turn for answers.
Friends and family members disappoint and abandon us, leaving us feeling like we’re standing on the side of the road, all alone.
The insanity and evil we see and feel in our communities, nation and around the world—leaves us feeling empty, in darkness and afraid of what might be coming next.
The storms and winds blowing through our life, and so much more, cause us to feel all alone and without hope.
It really happens. We’ve all been there, and may be there again.
But here’s what we need to remember—we are never alone.
When everything seems to have gone wrong, and everyone seems to have gone away—we are still never alone to face what today or tomorrow will bring.
God is always there for you and for me.
So embrace the truth of these song words, written by Christ through Rodgers and Hammerstein, originally introduced in the Broadway musical, Carousel, and sung by many others since—
“When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark.
At the end of the storm, there’s a golden sky
And the sweet, silver song of a lark.
Walk on through the wind, walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown.
Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone, you’ll never walk alone.”
We will all have those moments of feeling all alone, abandoned, without answers to the things which happen.
Times when dreams come up short or fall flat, and we don’t know what’s coming around the bend, or which steps to take next in our life.
When we seem to be standing there all by ourselves.
Remember this—you’re not. I’m not. We’re not.
We are never by ourselves, never alone, and will never walk alone—today, tomorrow, or ever.
God is always there and will never leave us.
We will never walk alone.
In His Name–Scott