Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | May 31, 2017

Our Guide & Protector

You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Psalm 139:5 (NLT)

Driving to a hotel in the middle of nowhere … in a torrential downpour … in the dark, I was stressed. I could barely see the lines on the road in order to stay in my own lane. I could picture the tragic wreck of our vehicle if I couldn’t pull myself together. My two children were passengers; I had my motivation to arrive safely at our destination, even with frayed nerves.

Our key verse reminds us that even in the most stressful, dangerous moments, God goes before us and follows behind us. A picture of the Israelites of the Old Testament being led through the desert fills my mind. When Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt, He didn’t just leave them to their own devices. “The Lord went ahead of them. He guided them during the day with a pillar of cloud, and He provided light at night with a pillar of fire. This allowed them to travel by day or by night.” Exodus 13:21 (NLT)

Not only did God provide daily guidance, but when the Egyptian army began to pursue the Israelites, God protected His children with a rear guard. “Then the angel of God, who had been leading the people of Israel, moved to the rear of the camp. The pillar of cloud also moved from the front and stood behind them.” Exodus 14:19 (NLT) God goes before us, guiding us. He follows after us, protecting us. And if that isn’t enough, our key verse settles any lingering anxiety: He lays His hand of blessing upon us. When the Bible speaks of the hand of blessing, it means that God is taking personal action on our behalf in whatever situation or circumstances are in need of His attention–whatever needs can only be met by God.


When my children were little, terrible nightmares would awaken them from time to time. As many parents do, we consoled their fears with a hug. We spoke soothing words, including a prayer, and wiped away any remaining tears. As adults, we may be living in the center of a very real nightmare of uncertainty, pain, and grief. God places His hand of blessing on our heads … taking action on our behalf. He is truly all we need.
“Thank You, Lord, for guiding us and protecting us, as well as placing Your hand upon us. We surrender our lives to You day by day, moment by moment.”


For His Glory

Tammy Randlett (
TRBC Women’s Life

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