You shall not go out with haste, . . . for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard —Isaiah 52:12
Security from Yesterday. “. . . God requires an account of what is past” ( Ecclesiastes 3:15 ). At the end of the year we turn with eagerness to all that God has for the future, and yet anxiety is apt to arise when we remember our yesterdays. Our present enjoyment of God’s grace tends to be lessened by the memory of yesterday’s sins and blunders. But God is the God of our yesterdays, and He allows the memory of them to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual growth for our future. God reminds us of the past to protect us from a very shallow security in the present.
Security for Tomorrow. “. . . the Lord will go before you . . . .” This is a gracious revelation— that God will send His forces out where we have failed to do so. He will keep watch so that we will not be tripped up again by the same failures, as would undoubtedly happen if He were not our “rear guard.” And God’s hand reaches back to the past, settling all the claims against our conscience.
Security for Today. “You shall not go out with haste . . . .” As we go forth into the coming year, let it not be in the haste of impetuous, forgetful delight, nor with the quickness of impulsive thoughtlessness. But let us go out with the patient power of knowing that the God of Israel will go before us. Our yesterdays hold broken and irreversible things for us. It is true that we have lost opportunities that will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past rest, but let it rest in the sweet embrace of Christ.
Leave the broken, irreversible past in His hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.

Oswald Chambers was born in Scotland and spent much of his boyhood there. His ministry of teaching and preaching took him for a time to the United States and Japan. The last six years of his life were spent as principal of the Bible Training College in London, and as a chaplain to the British Commonwealth troops in Egypt during World War I. After his death, the books which bear his name were compiled by his wife from her own verbatim shorthand notes of his talks.
For more information on the life of Oswald Chambers, click here.For a list of more books by or about Oswald Chambers, click here.



  1. I have never read any of his books, but a friend gave me a copy of Utmost… WOW

  2. Kodiak Said:

    If you like Oswald Chambers, and A.W. Tozer you will like Keith Price “Thisrting after God”.

    “Even in eternity I hope I will go on discovering fresh things every day. We shall have to wait and see!” Keith Price

  3. Kodiak Said:

    Thirsting after God is born out of a lifetime of cross-denominational ministry around the world and indirectly out of the heart of A.W. Tozer, who discipled the author during his formative years.

    In the Introduction, entitled “My Mornings with Tozer”, Price chronicles this influence. “I was taught to cultivate a thirst for God by my mentor Dr. A.W. Tozer”, he says. These brief devotional readings affirm that he learned his lessons well. In Tozeresque style, Price focuses on 7 biblical characters — among them Isaiah, David, Moses and Paul — and in everyday, down-to-earth language challenges readers to follow their example of pursuing God’s works and ways.

  4. I think i read this yesterday, and the day before, and the day before…. 🙂

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