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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Going Ahead"

May 16, 2006

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"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

“There is a long detour on Highway 18. Why don’t you take 35 over to 90 instead? You’ll probably make better time.”

Someone has been there ahead of us and tells us of the detours. So too the Lord goes before us and knows what lies ahead. Whether it is surgery, a job change, or continuing an education, the Lord goes ahead of us. He is already there, preparing the doctors, filling the new office with His presence, softening the hearts of the teachers.

When we are there, He will see us through the hard times, directing us around or through the detours. He will bring us to our goal.

We trust in Jesus’ ability to do this because He has already gone before us to the cross. He has taken the punishment that should have rightly been ours for the sins we commit. He has endured more pain and sorrow than we will ever face. He can tell us about the detours and distresses of life from His own experience, then add His love and direction to it.

Without Christ’s strength and guidance offered through His Word and sacrament, how could we ever endure the changes and challenges of life? With it, we can do all things.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help me to trust that You have been before me in anything I will face today. Prepare me and direct me. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: 2 Samuel 16-18    John 5:1-24

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