Deuteronomy 31:8 “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
I know it sounds a bit cliché by some televangelist as he says in effect to “hold onto God”, but in truth, we should always be holding onto Him. If still in a fallen nature, the sinner doesn’t understand it or just flat out rejects the premise.
Do you believe the verse above? “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you nor will He ever leave you”? And we aren’t talking about someone who fails on a promise like this, but the actual Creator of the Universe, that is WHO is making this promise.
Because if you don’t believe that promise, you don’t trust God or there is a powerful God. And the test always comes when we are faced with a crisis. Will you trust that the Lord “goes before you”? Or will you try to get ahead of Him and muddy up the whole plan.
This test of faith is a really hard one, even for the experienced believer. We naturally want to use our intellect, our will power, our own creativity to solve the crisis. Or we become pessimistic, “God won’t do a thing to help”. And often times when this occurs we disrupted the cure that God promised. He says “well if you are going to go ahead of Me, just solve it on your own then”.
One thing you need to understand about God, is that Scripture calls Him a “jealous” God in the context of never bowing or sharing His glory with man or their idols. It is going to be ALL God’s doing, or it isn’t. He needs NO help, He doesn’t need your input or creativity. What He asks for is FAITH and TRUST, this is what pleases Him.
Job 11:18–19 “You will be secure because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor.”
Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
We are ALWAYS shown our faith in the crisis, whether it be strong or weak. During the times outside of this, you might fool yourself into believing “my faith is as strong as ever”, only to be shown by God is a crisis situation you went ahead of the Lord, you didn’t turn it over to Him.