Ahead and Beside

Psalm 16:8“I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

I love how this image simultaneously portrays God as both guide and friend. If we keep our eyes on Him as he leads the way, He will also be right there by our side, holding our hand and walking with us every step of the journey.

Too often we view God as one or the other. If He leads us and can’t see us, what happens if we fall behind? Or, if He walks beside us, how will we have a clear-cut path?

The truth is that neither scenario is accurate. God blazes the trail for us to follow, but when the going gets tough, He’s not going to leave us to figure it out alone. He promised never to leave or forsake us, and He never will. He will always be right there, taking every step with us, always pointing us ahead and reminding us in a gentle whisper, “This way. Keep going. I’m right here with you.” And with Him ahead and beside, as our guide and our friend, our footing will be sure, and we will never be shaken.

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