Today I’m thankful for God’s sovereignty. Listen to what Isaiah 52:12 says. “…for the Lord will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard.”
As I think about this new year, there are many things that I could be anxious about. There are also many things that I’m excited about. I don’t know what the future holds. I don’t know what tonight or tomorrow will be like, but I can trust that God is there ahead of me. He will lead and guide me along the way.
I remember kayaking down the Colorado River a few years ago. I was a bit nervous at times about what was around the corner. Would there be a power boat rushing at us? Would I be able to navigate around that log or that rock that’s jutting out up ahead? I had to learn to trust our guide who had navigated this river hundreds of times.
As I think about this new year and all the unknowns, I can trust my Savior and Lord. I may not know what is around the corner, but He is already there! He’ll know how to guide me around that corner.
That verse also says that He is our rear guard. I take comfort in knowing that He protects us from behind as well. Sometimes, bitterness or regret or frustration or anger creeps in from our past. As I read that verse in Isaiah, I am encouraged to know that God will guard us from those things as we move into the future. There’s hope in knowing that He walks with me before and behind.
I pray that as we move into this new year, that we ask God for his courage to step into those new adventures, for His joy and forgiveness as we move through things that have happened in the past and for His hope as we consider His sovereignty and His active care for our lives.