A Prayer to Trust That God Goes Before You
By Alisha Headley
“I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. (Isaiah 45:2)
As Christians, the word trust is thrown around all the time. If anything goes wrong, we are encouraged, with Scripture verses, to simply trust in the Lord, and everything will work itself out. Yet, things don’t always work themselves out. Trusting doesn’t always come so simply. How are we to really trust when everything around us is out of control?
We might trust momentarily, but when things don’t change or continue to get worst, we feel that it’s time we can handle it, and we step in the lead and put God to the side.
What if we began to do the opposite? What if we took today’s verse and trusted that he has gone before us and is leveling out what’s ahead? What if we began to step aside? Instead of getting in front of God, what if we got behind Him and let Him take control and lead the way?
Oftentimes, we get in the way of the Lord doing His job. We try to change our husband, our kids, our job, other people, or our situation when the Lord is already at work. He’s working even if we don’t see it yet. Even when the world and road ahead look dim and blocked, God is paving a clear path. He hears you. He sees you. He is sovereign. (Colossians 1:16) He is the author of this story called life and knows the beginning from the end.
As today’s verse promises, God is always one step ahead of us. He goes before us, behind us, and remains beside us. And he will never ever leave nor forsake us. ( Deuteronomy 31:8 )
No matter the mountain we have up ahead, God is already climbing it. No matter the storm, He is already calming the wind. No matter how unknown the journey ahead, God has walked a few steps forward. No matter the impossible route, He is parting the sea. As today’s verse says, He is breaking the barriers ahead and flattening out those things our physical eyes might not see as He goes before us.
Let’s walk in confidence today, knowing that no matter what our day, month, or future looks like, we can trust that God is already one step ahead.
Thank you, Lord, that you have been sending us your promises from the very beginning of time. Thank you for your faithfulness, as you give the definition of faithful a true meaning. You have never and will never break a promise. Time and time again throughout all Scripture, you promise to lead us and guide us, to never leave us, nor forsake us. Thank you that you have already paved the way, and wherever we are sitting in this very moment, you are near us and one step ahead of us.
Whatever we are facing, Lord, we can trust that you know what’s next and are protecting us along the way. We ask that in those moments where doubt creeps in that you would remind us of today’s verse. When fear creeps in of what is going to happen, remind us that you are in total control and that you have already gone before us, you’ll be with us during it, and you’ll go behind us. Thank you that you are trustworthy for these beautiful promises to help navigate us through this life.
In your mighty name, we pray,
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Alisha Headley is a writer + speaker who has a desire to meet the everyday woman in her everyday life with biblical truth. Stepping into her true calling, she left the corporate world behind as a former-financial VP to love on her family as a stay-at-home wifey + dog mama, while also being able to pursue her passion as a writer. Healing from a chapter of life consumed with lies she once believed about herself, she is inspired to point women to Christ to experience the freedom + power to overcome those lies with the truth written in God’s word. In her free time, Alisha enjoys road trips around the country, working out so she can eat her favorite foods, and creatively styling her outfits with a craft for fashion. Alisha is a proud wifey and dog mama living in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Originally published Monday, 03 October 2022.