BEFORE AND BEHIND

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I have always felt and known the LORD to be going before me, leading me ultimately on HIS path.  But recently my eyes were opened to see that the LORD goes behind me as well…….

PSALM 139: 5  “YOU HEM ME IN, BEHIND AND BEFORE, AND LAY YOUR HAND UPON ME.”

Our gracious GOD leads us, but what about behind us?  Does HE turn our mistakes and blunders into something more?  Do we lay the seeds of foundation that HE will build upon?  We make many mistakes every single day and we know that GOD never makes mistakes.  So what does HE do with our mess?

I tend to live life in the precious present and usually don’t look much further on my calendar.  I am a one day at a time girl.  I take comfort knowing GOD has a plan for me, and will guide me slowly but surely as the days unfold.  But what about what I have left behind?  Doesn’t HE make blessings out of messes and mistakes?

OUR GOD GOES BEHIND US TO MAKE BLESSINGS OUT OF OUR MISTAKES AND MISSTEPS.

In the Old Testament, GOD was with HIS people wherever they went:

EXODUS 14: 19  “THEN THE ANGEL OF GOD WHO WAS GOING BEFORE THE HOST OF ISRAEL MOVED AND WENT BEHIND THEM, AND THE PILLAR OF CLOUD MOVED FROM BEFORE THEM AND STOOD BEHIND THEM.”

OUR AMAZING GOD WALKS BEFORE US AND BEHIND US!

The LORD remakes and reworks those feeble attempts of ours and turns them into blessings for others that we may never see or know about. So we can leave seeds along the way, and HE will grow them the way HE sees fit in HIS infinitely perfect timing!

We all make those well-meaning mistakes, the kind where our heart was truly in it and everything turned out to be a small disaster.  But really are they?  Could what we leave behind, truly be what GOD uses for HIS best work?

OUR GOD IS QUITE GOOD AT TURNING DUST INTO GOLD!

Doesn’t GOD work all things out?  And doesn’t HE work out all things for the good of those who love HIM?

OUR GOD MAKES A MESSAGE OUT OF OUR MESS.

We who once were dead in our sins, have been made new in CHRIST.  We are of the Spirit and the Spirit works in mysterious ways…….often with us unaware.  I wonder if when we arrive in Heaven we will see all those dust bunnies we left behind, turned into gold by the LORD’S hand!

1 CORINTHIANS 12:6  “…….AND THERE ARE VARIETIES OF ACTIVITIES, BUT IT IS THE SAME GOD WHO EMPOWERS THEM ALL IN EVERYONE.”

 

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When I mess up and believe me it is every single day, I learn from it and it is the HOLY SPIRIT’S prerogative to accomplish what HE wishes with my feeble attempts.  The message may be for me…….but often it is for someone else too.  Let us be okay with this idea……our messes may have a huge message in them!

1 CORINTHIANS 12: 7  “TO EACH IS GIVEN THE MANIFESTATION OF THE SPIRIT FOR THE COMMON GOOD.”

If I am walking closely with GOD and obeying where HE leads me, then what I deem as a mistake or mess or whatever you want to call it, will turn out fine in the end because……

NAHUM 1: 9  “HE WILL MAKE A COMPLETE END.”

GOD goes before us and after us and makes all things complete.  There is a before and after!  So, let us never lose heart!

Even the little book of JAMES that is so packed with wisdom recognizes that we mess up……

JAMES 3: 2  “INDEED WE ALL MAKE MANY MISTAKES……”  NLT

And this version…….

JAMES 3: 2 “FOR WE ALL STUMBLE IN MANY WAYS.”  ESV

Let us be aware daily that the LORD can make our stumbles and wrongs into rights.  YES, HE WILL go before us, but so perfectly comes after us in ways we cannot imagine, taking the dust we leave behind and turning it into pure gold!!

PSALM 139: 5  “YOU GO BEFORE ME AND FOLLOW ME.  YOU PLACE YOUR HAND OF BLESSING ON MY HEAD.”


4 thoughts on “BEFORE AND BEHIND

  1. Wow, thank you for opening up a whole new perspective on this! I’ve always looked at the verse as the Lord being my rearguard, watching out for me in all directions.
    But this – this reveals my Lord Jesus as the Humble Servant that He is: He comes behind me to clean up my messes. You’re so right! Our God redeems. He works miracles, and He redeems!

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  2. Thanks Kathy……yes, it was a whole new perspective on that verse for me. But isn’t it just like GOD to do such an amazing thing with what we leave behind, because HE never wastes a thing!! Blessings dear one and thanks for coming by!

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  3. Great message Maxine! I hadn’t thought of that perspective either, and yet it’s very clear in scripture that God both before us and after us! Thank you for opening my eyes and heart to that beautiful Truth!

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