But you will not leave in haste
or go in flight;
for the Lord will go before you,
the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
In this passage Isaiah is telling the captives that they will be set free. They are told not to rush out in panic or with a sense of fleeing from danger, but to leave behind their captivity and walk securely and in triumph– because they are being led by their great captain the Lord of Hosts.
Today as children saved by the grace of God, and set free from the law of sin and death, we can walk confidently, knowing that the Lord of Hosts is walking ahead of us; guiding our paths; making our mountains flat and our pathways straight.
We have no idea what today will bring. But we thank you that you go before us, so that no matter what we might face, we can walk securely and in triumph. We ask that by your grace, you would open our eyes to see you in every circumstance we find ourselves in. We also ask, Lord Jesus, that you would make this true for our children -who you love and have given your life for. Surround them today with your presence and protection Lord.