YOUR REAR GUARD
Isaiah 58:8 (NIV), states: Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
None of us can be in two places at the same time and yet that’s exactly what life seems to demand of us. We spend a lot of time just trying to keep up that many of us feel stretched beyond our capacity. Life can get stressful. And on top of all of that, we have a God-given desire to make our lives count for His purposes. How can we get it all done?
It seems like while we are contending with life on one front, the devil attacks us on another front. It’s like that game “whack-a-mole” – just when you deal with one issue, another one pops up. Carl von Clausewitz once said, “The enemy, while attacking one section of the front, often seeks to outflank and envelop us at the same time. The units which are kept in the background can meet this attempt.”
Isaiah declared that the “glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.” In other words, God’s got your back. Don’t waste your time asking yourself, “What else can happen to me?” or “I wonder what else will go wrong?” or “How can I possibly get it all done?” The only thing you need to focus on is what’s in front of you now. When you know that your back is covered, that the Lord is your “rear guard”, it frees you to fight what’s in front of you.
[A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our first 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]
Daily Bible Reading: Mark 3