Behind and Before

Posted on December 9, 2020 by Catey Stover in Victory Call

Very quickly I can feel frustrated and out of sorts. This morning as I was studying Psalm 139 verse 5 jumped out at me. “You have hedged me behind and before, And laid your hand on me.” My initial thought was one of God’s protection and His surrounding presence.  That is something I must keep in mind! As I continued to read and ponder, I read the note in my Bible which said that God was using circumstances to limit David’s actions. This also made me think. Could God be limiting me for a period of time? Those of you who know me know this is not something I enjoy. I like to be on the go. I like to have a plan. I like to be used for the Lord. I find the times of limitation to be difficult. I must learn in these days to trust that God has a perfect plan. He knows best. 

Look at verses 1-4. Would you conclude that He knows us so intimately that He knows exactly what He is doing? In verses 6-10 He reminds us of His presence with us. There is nowhere we can run and hide from Him.  Even in our darkness He is there. There is no difference between light and dark because He is in them both.
Do you feel limited today? Perhaps your health, finances, or season of life is limiting you. Do you feel alone in the darkness of your circumstances? Be assured that He is there. Know that He knows and He is with you. He is behind and before.


Written by Kathy Withers: Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves in Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 35 years. They have two adult children. Kathy encourages women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.

Think About This: Faith, as Paul saw it, was a living, flaming thing leading to surrender and obedience to the commandments of Christ.” – A.W. Tozer

The Daily Bible Reading: Hebrews 5-8| You can download our 2020 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here. 

This Week’s Verse to Memorize: For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—[a]our faith. 1 John 5:4

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick

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