The Thought for the Week this week is written by Flo Buchan

by Susie Jean Sharkey

See, I am sending an angel before you to protect you on your journey and lead you safely to the place I have prepared for you.

Exodus 23:20 (NLT)


God spoke these words to the Israelites as they prepared to face the next stage of their journey to the Promised Land.In his Christmas radio broadcast to the nation in 1939 King George VI quoted the poem by Minnie Louise Haskins:

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:

“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” 

And he replied: 

“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.

That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.” 

So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.

And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East


We are still fairly near the beginning of the year 2019. We don’t know what lies ahead. While the future is not as challenging as it was for the Israelites preparing to fight to claim the Promised Land as their own, or as dangerously unpredictable as it was in 1939, we are nevertheless at a time in our nation of unusual uncertainty. 

As well as this many people will be facing difficult, challenging and heartbreaking  circumstances in their personal lives. God knows the future and nothing is uncertain to him. He knows our lives from beginning to end. He knows our future, our country’s future and the world’s future. God gave his angel as a guide and protector for the Israelites and he gives us Jesus Christ as our companion and friend to guide and protect us through the year ahead whatever may happen politically or personally. God will lead us safely to the place he has prepared for us ... safely into a deeper place in him and ultimately safely to our eternal home.