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Seeds of Hope: The Lord goes before us to protect us

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A biographer once wrote of Christopher Columbus that “He discovered no island or sea as lonely as himself.” How different for those who trust God! David wrote, “When You, God, went out before Your people, when You marched through the wilderness…You provided for the poor!” The writer of Hebrews echoed those words when he wrote, “I will never leave you nor ever forsake you.”

King Nebuchadnezzar refused to hear the testimony of three young men. He bound them and threw them into a fiery furnace. In amazement, when he looked into the furnace he did not see three men, but four: unharmed and unbound. He shouted, “Servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” God went before them, protected them and rescued them. On one occasion the disciples of Jesus were frightened by the winds and the waves that were threatening them. They were in a little boat with little hope. Then Jesus appeared and said, “Take courage. Don’t be afraid. It is I!” He went to them, calmed their fears and then said, “You of little faith. Why did you doubt?”

A Psalmist was traveling through a deep valley with dark shadows. He was filled with great fear as he faced the “unknown.” Yet, he was able to say, “I will fear no evil, for You are with me. Your rod and Your staff will comfort me!” He trusted God because He never abandoned Him. The Lord always goes before us to protect us. He will provide for everything we need now and through eternity.
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