“The LORD Himself goes before you; He will be with you. He will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.” —Deuteronomy 31:8, BSB
Step back from your current situation for a moment. The pandemic may change the trajectory of your life, but you are still on a journey.
We are never meant to go on this journey alone. God brings in our life all sorts of people – family members, friends, allies, co-workers, teachers, mentors, even strangers at times. Some will be with you for many years while others for a season.
Throughout your life, God is with you even before you acknowledged him as God. Now that you believe in him, you can focus on his presence in every step of your journey.
Just because you acknowledge his presence in your journey, it does not always mean it will be a smooth sailing. The current crisis may last longer than you wish, and your situation may get even worse before it gets better. You don’t yet see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Throughout life, your journey will take you through dark valleys. There will be detours and cliffs on the either side of the road. This may not be the only crisis in your life.
The good news is that God is always with you and will be there in your journey. Even when you feel like you are alone, he has not forgotten you or left you. He is right there with you because he highly values your relationship with him. He will comfort you, encourage you, and give you strength. He will even make you laugh!
Moses understood the importance of God’s presence in his journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. Moses requested the Lord for his presence to go with him.
“If your presence does not go with us, do not take us up from here. For how will it be known then that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not by your going with us, so that we will be distinguished, I and your people, from all the people who are on the face of the earth?” – Exodus 33:15-16
Moses had a history of being with God and learned to remain close to him. He knew the “secret” of his journey was the presence of God.