And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed (Deuteronomy 31:8).
Before going to work Tuesday morning, I listened to a very interesting — yet disturbing — news report. There was a job fair held in one of our large cities. Expectations were that at least five thousand people would attend this event. Instead, only around one hundred people showed up. Immediately, with regard to our nation, I questioned, “How did we get here?”
What about our personal lives? How many of us have had times in our lives when we questioned, “How did I get here?” I believe we have all had tough times when we wondered how things could be such a shambles. Right on the heels of that first question is, “Where is God in all of this?”
You know, we try to believe. Yet, sometimes the human side of us makes it difficult for us to see through eyes of faith. Like the desperate father in Mark 9:24 we say, “Lord, I believe; help thou my unbelief.” Somehow we must discipline ourselves to see through the eyes of faith.
Scripture says that God goes before us. God dwells in eternity, so He always gets there before we do. Once we get there, His promises are clear: “I will be with you. I will not fail you. I will not forsake you.”
In the present time there are events and circumstances that actually breed fear. God tells us not to fear and not to be dismayed. We are human and we will ask again, “How did I get here?” Let’s make it a practice to remember that God was there before we arrived. He went before us and He certainly will stay with us for the duration.
Dave Snyder is an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God – Cleveland, Tennessee. Before entering the ministry on a full-time basis, he was a school teacher. He also coached middle school basketball for eight years.
Dave and his wife, Sara, have two children — Craig and Karen. They also have one ten year old granddaughter — Breanna.
Dave and Sara pastored in West Virginia for thirty-six years. Sara is now retired from the banking industry, and Dave is retired from pastoring. However, Dave currently serves as prison Chaplain for the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Writing essays, articles, and devotionals is a real passion for Dave. He also enjoys playing musical instruments and singing.