March 8 – Deuteronomy 31:8

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Deuteronomy 31:8

Moses had come to the end of his journey with the people of Israel. He had been their leader in the wilderness for 40 years and was now 120 years old. But because of his disobedience, striking the rock for water instead of speaking to it, God had told him he would not cross over the Jordan into the Promised Land with the people. He stood before the people to charge them with confidently continuing their journey. How would they be able to do that without the only leader some of them had ever known? Moses reminded them they had the only leader that they needed; God Himself. Have you been here before? Have you lost something, and it felt like the floor fell out? A job, a family member, a plan? Maybe you weren’t sure where to go from there.

What a comfort it is to know that the Lord Himself goes before us. Difficult moments will still come, but we can face them without fear or being discouraged by focusing on the promises of God. Where in your life do you need to be reminded of the promise that He is with you and with never forsake you?