No matter what you have going on in your life today. No matter how you feel. No matter the lies that try to convince youotherwise. No matter the tauntings to get you to give up. No matter the adversity that speaks against your dreams. No matter what this says . . . And, no matter about that . . . No matter what! God made your life BEAUTIFUL!
” . . . For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” – Psalm 139:14
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” – Jeremiah 29:11
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;” – 1 Peter 2:9
Friends, this day is a day that we have never seen before. As each day progresses into the new, we all walk on unfamiliar ground. As we walk the paths that lead into each day, we never fully know entering in what its end will be. We never fully understand what will happen on the road ahead as we put our feet to walking forward.
But we are here, dear friend. We are at the beginning of a new day and already there is not lacking things that demand our attention, or things that stir up friction, trying to disturb the walk for the day before the day itself has fully begun.
How can we make the best out of these days if we have never navigated them before?
As God was preparing the Israelites for the conquest of the Promised Land, He gave Joshua, their new leader, incredibly detailed instructions on their going into this new territory. He said,
“When ye see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it.
Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore,” (Joshua 3:3-4).
Their story is such a great symbol of our daily living. Each day we enter is new to us: “You have not passed this way before” (Joshua 3:4, NKJV).
The Ark of the Covenant represented God’s presence among His people. The instructions were for them to leave enough space between it and them so that they could properly see it, follow it, and know which way to go.
God stood as their ultimate guide for going into the new, and He stands as our guide, too.
How many attempts are made daily of entering this fresh territory called today without proper guidance? Without connecting our eyes and hearts with the One who knows our days before we do?
Every day, as we are entering in, we need to look to God. We need to get connected to where He is leading, and then we need to follow His lead.
As the clock ticks on, and the hours go by, the days and years come and go – every single day that we open our eyes in the land of the living is new to us. To make the most out of each day, to successfully navigate this day, we need to focus on Him who has gone before us.
Take comfort, dear friend, that you are not navigating the days alone. As He once told the Children of Israel: “… he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed” (Deuteronomy 31:8), I believe if we look to God, and follow His lead, we can be encouraged by the same promise. Instead of being dismayed by what is ahead, we can find joy because our God has gone before us, and daily His presence is with us (Hebrews 13:5).