GOD – MY REAR GUARD

ISAIAH 52:12 But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the LORD will go before you, for the GOD OF ISRAEL will be YOUR REAR GUARD.

According to Collins dictionary… a REARGUARD is a detachment detailed to protect the rear of a military formation, esp. in retreat.

It is one thing to trust in the Lord at the beginning of a journey… it’s another to see Him when you arrive at your destination. Think about Job. Then again…think about me…and yes…think about yourself. When God spoke to me those words from Isaiah 52:12 on that cold February day of 2010…I had imagined that the journey ahead could be nothing but smooth sailing. But…how wrong things had proven to be. No…the fact is God had sent us packing. And Yes, for the record…He had kept part of HIS DEAL.

But there was a problem…for months on end…I didn’t seem to see where He was. I didn’t understand the silence. The battle ranged and like Job…I challenged Him as if He was my equal. The battle became evermore fierce…and my will to fight slowly began to slip away. GOD, WHERE ARE YOU? My soul cried out to Him. He didn’t answer. He didn’t sent a word in season. It became dry and parchy. The pain was unbearable.

“I HAVE BEEN WATCHING YOUR BACK” God whispered to my quietened soul last week, over 2 years since He had spoken those words from Isaiah. Yes, He had been MY REARGUARD. My life…that is, my soul had been left intact. The chaff had been separated from the wheat. The battle was over and I was on my way home. From now on

Psalms 147:13-14 HE WILL STRENGTHEN THE BARS OF MY GATES AND BLESS MY PEOPLE WITHIN ME. HE WILL GRANT PEACE TO MY BORDERS AND SATISFY ME WITH THE FINEST OF WHEAT.

It doesn’t matter at what point you are in your journey…and how fierce the battle may seem ahead of you…if God sent you out…He watching over your life…He will meet you at the end and you will be victorous in Him.

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8 thoughts on “GOD – MY REAR GUARD

  1. The great bookends to my faith… God and God! My job? To find myself snuggled safely in between. How often I’ve been tempted to think that God has abandoned me to the rubble. We’re still fighting the thing through, and it’s not been an easy road. But I know that my Redeemer lives, and his goal is to get me safely home, on fire and with faith! He’s been so good to me.

    Good to hear from you again, my friend.

    peace`elaine

    • Elaine,

      Great to hear from you as well. I can’t quite understand what you have been through…that I do know just like you have said…OUR REDEEMER LIVES and that makes life more bearable and yes, I understand the abundance of grace supplied in our time of need. Thank God for you.

      Gladwell

  2. Gladwell, I got goosebumps reading this. What He whispered to you, blessed me. God bless you and keep you and cover you completely, every step of the way. love and prayers!

    • Hi Debbie. Great to hear from you. I am trusting in the Lord for the next chapter in my life…and taking one step at a time. Thank you for your love and prayers.

      Gladwell

    • Thanks Mike. The Lord’s timing is always the best. I hope with time, I will get back full time and catch up with all my blogging friend. I appreciate your thought and prayers. IT IS GOOD. God blessing you.

  3. I’ve gone through times when the Lord does not speak to me, what some people call the dark seasons of God. These times gave me just a small glimpse of the agony Jesus must have felt on the cross. It was terrible!

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