To Haste, or Not to Haste…

As a new year approaches, many of us are at a loss for words. We are still trying to catch up to the year 2020 and figure out where it all went wrong. Looking back and feeling much confusion and even heartache. Some of you might even be thinking about how you are going to pay your rent or bills in the next few days. Let’s just be honest with ourselves, it’s okay to do that. If you are struggling right now, I am praying for you. If you are hurting right now, I am praying for you. If you are worrying about what is about to happen next, I am praying for both of us.

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You’re not alone.

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In Isaiah 52:12 it says:

“You will neither have to leave in haste,
 nor will you make a frantic escape,
 for your God, Yahweh, will go before you.
 He will lead you each step and be your rear guard.”

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A promise that we can COMPLETELY count on because Jesus spoke it. It’s not a “maybe”, or “we’ll see” type of deal. It’s a definite and sure promise that we can hold on to knowing that it will come to pass. That God is not only behind us watching our backs but He is also LEADING our every step.

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The word haste in Hebrew translates to trepidation, literally meaning;

  • A state of alarm or dread; apprehension. (synonymfear.)
  • An involuntary trembling or quivering.

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The promise says we won’t have to leave in fear, dread or trembling nor will we have to make a frantic escape. I don’t know about you but that sounds pretty nice right about now. Recently I have been seeing the goodness of God to His children in ways I honestly forgot about. I have been convicted by the Holy Spirit because I lost my childlike faith and have been choosing to see God only in the big things. But lately, He has shown up in the simplest ways and I am thankful that He chooses to meet me where I am. You should be too!

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He doesn’t ask us to get it together and figure out what He is trying to remind us. He lovingly reveals himself over and over in the way we need Him to. And He will continue to do so until we see it ourselves. Repetition is one of the best methods to remember something. Like saying a memory verse over and over again in Sunday school just so you can get a candy at the end of class. Haha. The more God continues to show us the lesson, the more likely we are to remember it. The more we can become more like Jesus in all we do. In all we say. In all we hear. In all we see. In how we love.

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So let’s forget about what is going to happen in the next few days and meditate on this promise. Let it sink in not only to our minds but our hearts. May we choose to be grateful for what we do have and cling to the promise of NEVER having to step out in a state of alarm or dread. But being able to step out in confidence knowing that GOD, the maker of heaven and earth goes before us and guards behind us EACH STEP of the way.

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Happy New Year’s Eve my friends.

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Stay blessed.

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-Bianca Williams

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