Lord Precedes You
after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.” (Mark 14:28)
God never sends you into a situation
alone. He always goes before His children, as He did with the children of
Israel when He led them with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. You
do not serve as His advance troops in a foreign and hostile situation. He
always precedes you in any situation you encounter. God is never caught by
surprise by your experience; He has already been there. He is prepared to meet
every need because He has gone before you and knows exactly what you will need
for your pilgrimage (Deut. 31:8).
Not only does God go before you, but He also
stands beside you and behind you, to provide protection and comfort (Ps.
139:7–12). Jesus knew His disciples would be totally bewildered by His
crucifixion, so He assured them in advance that no matter what happened, no
matter where they went, they could go in confidence that He had already gone
before them. Paul, too, experienced this assurance (Acts 18:9; 23:11). In the
most bewildering circumstances, his Lord was there!
If you are going through a difficult or
confusing time, know that your Lord has gone before you and He is present with
you. He is fully aware of what you are facing, and He is actively responding to
your need. There is nowhere you can go that you will not find Christ waiting
for you to join Him. Even when you face death, you can be assured that He has
gone before you in triumph. As a child of God, rest in the knowledge that your
Savior preceded you, and He will walk with you through each experience of your