“The Lord will make you go through hard times, but he himself will be there to teach you, and you will not have to search for him any more. If you wander off the road to the right or the left, you will hear his voice behind you saying, “Here is the road. Follow it.” Isaiah 30:20-21 GNT
One of the qualities I look for in true friendship is to know that someone has my back. There is something rare and precious about a relationship where you know someone is really behind you. In moments of struggle and confusion a friend saying, “keep going”, “you’ve got this”, “you are right on track” can sometimes be all that you need to keep pushing you in the right direction.
We all need voices of assurance in our lives. No one is exempt from this. God made it that way. Voices influence us continually. Some for the good and others lead us astray. Regardless, the voice behind us influences our course and direction.
Some of the more challenging times in my life have been when I was facing difficulty and the voice I needed to hear became muffled. The wrong voices got louder and confusion would try and take me off the path of life. Yet, each time, the faint voice of truth would begin to get louder and louder until it became clear and overpowered the voices of confusion. Clarity would manifest, peace would flood my heart, and I would be reminded that my teacher has my back. He is a true friend.
We are in a generation of much noise. Silence is rare, and undervalued. We are bombarded with the voice of confusion, clutter, and complacency. However, in the midst of all of this noise, there is a voice we can depend on. A voice we can be sure of. One that will break through all of the noise and mess, one that will lift the fog and confusion and speak clarity to our hearts. One that truly has our back, for this voice comes behind us to cheer us on, reminding us that curves in the road are coming, danger is lurking, enemies are hiding in the bush, but to keep the course.
This voice is calling to us and telling us how to keep steady and true, where to turn and where to go straight. We don’t need to see the whole road, or journey, we just need to listen to the voice of our Lord and Teacher, speaking continually to all who will listen. Do you hear Him? He has your back. Which voice are you listening to today?
Today I am thankful for a God who has my back. He does not leave me in a place of confusion, but reminds me that if I will stop and listen, His direction is clear. I am grateful for His steadfast voice that can break through all of the noise and clutter in my life and speak clarity to my heart and my path. I am grateful that noise does not stop Him from revealing Himself as my teacher and that He is training my ear to hear a still small humble voice in a loud and obnoxious world. I am blessed and covered.