Deuteronomy 31:8

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. 

In the last 6 months, I have done the funerals of a good friend, a former student, and some people I have grown to love dearly.  In the last 3 months I have had 2 close and dear friends get diagnosed with cancer.  Just this past weekend, I found out that a young man who was getting pretty big in the local music scene had been shot.  Then, Monday, I received a phone call that a young man I have been coaching with died on the same day. 

My heart has been broken.  My soul has been crying out.  Many of my nights have been sleepless.  It has been so discouraging.  Yet, each morning, I force myself out of bed and I start my day off with God.  Today, my verse was Deuteronomy 31:8.  My eyes began to fill with tears.  My God, who has proven time and time again that He will never leave me, sent me that message again this morning.

I know that He never leaves.  I teach that He never leaves.  I do not feel that he left me this time.  My eyes were not filling up because I forgot He will never leave me.  They filled up because I had become afraid and discouraged.  I was discouraged about the people I had lost.  I was discouraged about things not going they way they should.  I was afraid of losing more friends.  I was afraid of being a failure in what I am trying to do, or worse, who I am.

And yet, there is that verse.  Being reminded that God has already seen whats ahead, knowing that he won’t leave or forsake me, and then being able to look to Him and face what is ahead without fear is a great feeling.  I thank God that He always seems to know just what I need to hear.

My friends, reread this verse and know that God has your back today.  Stay strong in Him.