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"For the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard" (Isa. 52:12).

Every group of travelers has two kinds of people: fast movers and slow movers.

Fast movers are aggressive, ambitious, alert, and highly motivated to move out and get on with the journey. Slow movers tend to dawdle, waver, hesitate, be unsure, reticent, or indecisive. It is very difficult to lead any group of people when some of them are forever rushing ahead while others always lagging behind.

This verse says that the Lord is out in front of the self-motivated marchers, and He is also following up at the rear of the stragglers. David calls attention to the fact that the Lord both goes ahead and follows up when he says of Him, "You have hedged me behind and before" (Ps. 139:5).

It is a comfort to know that our God is present in both areas of our lives. He is "proceeding" out in front of us leading the way, and He is our rear guard protecting us from being picked off by the enemy.

The King James Version used an archaic word for rear guard. Rereward, a holdover from antiquity, is derived from a word meaning "to gather together." No matter where we are positioned in the army of the Lord - front line or rear echelon - we are safe. The Lord is in both areas watching over us!

Source: The Spirit-Filled Believer's Daily Devotional by Dick Mills
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

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