The peace of the Lord to you! Today, God has given me a word of encouragement for you or someone that you know. In the journey of life, there are many uncertainties. We wonder if we will be received well in the places we are going, we wonder if our expectations will be met, we worry that trouble may meet us at some point and get the better of us. But God brings us a word of comfort and assurance on this today.

“I will go before you and make the rough places smooth; I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars.” – Isaiah 45:2 (NASB)

I don’t know about you but this promise is what I’d call a game changer. The devil may think he’s having an upper hand in your situation, but now, here comes the word, God Himself, for God is His word! I’d say things are about to turn in your favour!

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I’d balk at going anywhere alone no matter how fantastic it is touted to be. But I’d be willing to go even where things might not be rosy if I knew that God would be going with me. And see how powerful the promise is: levelling the rough places and shattering formidable barricades! It doesn’t matter how high the barricades are either. The rendering of the same verse in another translation shows God’s got you covered!

“I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron.” – (NIV)

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The surprising thing is that God originally made this promise to Cyrus, a pagan king He wanted to use to free His people, Israel, from captivity in Babylon and to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. Now if God was willing to throw His weight behind an idol worshipper (Isaiah 45:1-4) and equip him to do His will, how much more will He do for you, His child redeemed by the precious blood of His Son, Jesus!

“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” – Romans 8:32 (KJV)

The Lord made a similar promise to the children of Israel when they were in the wilderness. Travelling through the desert is a daunting experience even in this modern age. You can imagine how much more dreadful it would have been thousands of years ago. But God had accompanied them in the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night (Exodus 13:21).


However, the most critical part of their journey was still ahead of them: entering and possessing the land of Canaan. To do that, they had to conquer and destroy seven nations of heavily armed giants with fortified cities and renowned battle skills. Naturally, the Israelites were quaking in their boots. Enter the word through the servant of God, Moses!

“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” – Deut 31:8 (NLT)

I want us to see this in one more translation:

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” – (NIV)

There it is! Right in the middle! The expression that packs so much strength into a failing heart, the expression that feels like cold water to my weary soul whenever I come across it: My heavenly Father will never leave me nor forsake me. Hmmm! This calls for a deep inhalation, an inhalation of peace, of power and boldness!

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Before the time God gave this word to the Israelites shortly before Moses handed over office to Joshua, He had in a similar vein told Moses to tell the Israelites He would lead them out of slavery in Egypt and take them to possess the land of Canaan.

“… I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.” – Exodus 3:8 (ESV)

Unfortunately, this word didn’t do much good to the Israelites to whom it was spoken when it mattered most. That was when they were on the verge of entering Canaan for the first time after leaving Egypt. They held on to their fear and told God they’d rather take their chances with the Egyptians than confront the Canaanites. They chose to return to servitude in a foreign land rather than becoming masters in their own land: a land flowing with milk and honey.


But God told them that option wasn’t on the table. Result? Those who trusted God defeated the Canaanites eventually and inherited the promised land. And they were a grand total of two old-timers, namely, Joshua and Caleb, along with a whole new generation born during their forty-year wanderings through the desert (the punishment God imposed for their disobedience). The rest got what they told God they preferred: dying in the desert instead of fighting the dreaded Canaanites.

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That will not be our portion in Jesus’ name. We will trust the Lord. We will confess what He says, no matter how contrary the circumstances around us may be. And we will see Him smoothen the crooked and rough places. We will see Him clear gigantic obstacles and we will enter into His rest to the praise of His glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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  • Monye Gift Onyinye

    Yes ma’am. Your post has reminded me that even in the fiery furnace He’ll be the fourth man there, because He’ll never leave me nor forsake me.


    mummy you are such an inspiration, may God bless your ten fingers. with God, indeed, we are all conquerors, we are victorious, no mountain is too high or too difficult


    You are a gift to this generation.

  • We need this reminder often. My Bible reading was in Deuteronomy today, and already God has told Joshua three times to be strong and courageous. I’m so thankful for life’s reminders! Thank you.

  • Ugwu patience

    Thank you for this piece. I pray that God’s grace will be there to enable us to confess positively at all times. Thank you Jesus for being there for us even when we do not deserve your care.

  • Nice one ma, it is pleasant to read such reasurring words from you, which is according to the word of God. Keep it up ma!

  • Kanu Elizabeth

    An inspirational article it has given light to my soul thank u ma

  • Okpe Nnedinso

    Thank you ma for this wonderful post..you reminded us again that our God is a faithful God and wil never forsake us…God bless you.

  • Rita

    Beautifully written and comforting too.. thanks for, it was profound!

  • Oparaugo shalom

    Amen, the lord will go before me and he will make the rough places smooth and level all barricades for me. thank you aunty for this piece

  • Layers of good lessons here Edith! Thanks

    • Edith Ohaja

      Thanks a whole lot, April! Love you loads, dear sis! I pray grace multiplied upon every area of your life in Jesus’ name. ???

  • Okoye chidi

    Yes nd ma u ve been doin wat u r sent to do. i pray God gives us d grace to hear wen he calls nd go as he has instructed. more grace ma

  • Chukwuma Nkemjika

    Thanks for this wonderful article. Pray for God’s grace to always listen to his instructions.

  • Oh sweet sister, this message is a balm to my soul. Thank you for reminding me of His Promises. I needed it today, being sick and feeling defeated from this never ending battle with chronic illness.

    “We will trust the Lord. We will confess what He says, no matter how contrary the circumstances around us may be.”

    I will trust. <3

    • Edith Ohaja

      Yay, thanks for visiting Christine! The Lord is your strength. I can’t imagine what that feels like but I believe it’s better with faith in God than without. I was telling a friend once that I just don’t know how unbelievers manage ’cause I can’t go a day without God. God’s grace, my sister. You and yours are super blessed in Jesus’ name.

  • Uhnnn, wonderful article. Thank you ma for inspiring me


    Comfort, comfort, my people says your God (Isaiah 40:1) even when we are unworthy, He always comforts us. He is faithful even to the unfaithful, His Mercy endureth for ever. Indeed He goes before us.

  • Uba Chiemerie Jane

    Yes, God promised that he will never fail us because His faithfulness edureth forever. I think we should learn to hold unto God through thick and thin, call Him before embarking on any journey and he shall do what He promised (leveling the ground before us to make everything easy). It’s really a nice article Ma.

    • Edith Ohaja

      It’s more than being with us when we travel. It’s a metaphor for God’s guidance in every area of our lives. Bless you, my dear!

  • Enete Sandra

    He will never forsake or abandon us. His blessing is always on us forever. Nice piece Ma

    • Edith Ohaja

      Bless you, Sandra!

    • Anyaka Osmond Ifeanyi

      This write up goes with Psalm 23 (… even if I walk through the valley of shadow of death I will fear no evil…) The Lord is before me in my times of distress and sorrow. He will make a way for me.. Thank you Lord for your blessing on my life
      Thanks for this inspirational writeup ma


    where you get your inspiration amazes me…nice write up Ma..

  • Vivian

    This piece is a good source of encouragement. Was praying about something this morning for God to favour me and show his manifestation. This writeup just served as a confirmation that God is with me and will go before me to clear my fears. God bless you ma for touching lives through your writings cus they are always filled with daily life teachings…. Thank you ma for blessing me through this article. Ramiain blessed

    • Edith Ohaja

      The Lord is faithful in taking care of His own. All glory to Him. May the answer to your prayers come in full in Jesus’ name.

  • Ugezu Chisolum

    His love is still the ultimate. Even when life seems hard and full of uncertainties, he is there. May your love never depart from my life oh! Lord. Please don’t forsake me even though am not worthy of your love. Always be sufficient for me….Amen.


    Yes o, His infallible WORD has said it all, that “he will never leave me nor forsake me.” And truly God is more than faithful to keep His promises towards His own. His word has has given this assurance that “He honoureth His words above His name, therefore faithful is He that has promised.” Thank you ma, for reminding me of these words of His; that “He will always go before me to make every crooked way” in my life and pathways straight. It’s really a great reminder, well done ma!

  • Henrietta Okoye

    I must confess I have learned a lot from you… You are the mother of divine wisdom and may God continue to bless you for using your wisdom wisely.. He said He will go before us to make crooked ways straight for us and so shall it continue to be

  • Perpetua Ugwu

    God is Good. Im grateful that he is using you to touch lives like the way you’ve touched mine.

  • Florence onyekaozuru

    This piece has indeed reaffirmed his word in my life. I claim it, I believe it, I accept it. this word is a game changer to me so the devil has to beware of me. my God has promised that HE WILL MAKE A WAY FOR ME and ma family….. Amen

  • Irumekhai Mariam

    There is no need to fear because our God is there. Nice one ma. May God bless you and continue to use you to bless and encourage us with your mind blowing posts.

  • evans nwawuefe

    Your words are really encouraging and its a reminder that in the mist of challenges, God’s love and guidance is always constant. thank you so so much ma.

  • Chidinma Odigbo

    Thank you ma for sharing this, it’s soul uplifting.

  • Abasibiangake Essienubong

    Just enough word for the beginning of the semester! But to think that often when the going gets tough, I hardly ever remember these things. God will help me… Thank you ma for this.

  • Nneka Orjiude

    May God give us the grace to keep trusting Him and believing Him no matter how tough or rough. God is always working out something good for us. Also I am now more assured that God’s got me covered. God bless you, ma!

  • Ijeoma Anita

    When u’re in doubt, remember God’s promises. Inspiring write up. God bless u ma as u bless others with his words.

  • Hephzibah

    This is one promise that keeps me going. The promise of God going before us and making the crooked places straight is everything.

  • Anioke Ebere

    God’s abiding presence is our assured hope of victory. Halleluyah!

  • Eneje Chekwube Vitus

    When the Israelites came to the red sea, because God is leading them and clearing the path for them, He made a path down to the bottom of the sea and the israelites crossed over with no fear.
    As far as God is before me, I have no reason to get discouraged or fear what fate holds for me any time any moment.

  • You are indeed a mastermind

  • Mbah Merit

    my soul is lifted, God bless you Ma.

  • Amos Janet

    Once again, Aunty Edith is doing what she knows how to do best- inspiring us with God’s faithful promises.

  • Benjamin C.Nweke

    thank you very much maam for the piece.
    am toiched.
    may God keep inspiring you. amen.


    indeed God leads the way and we follow

  • Nwachi Peter

    I am encouraged. In all my struggles, I know that God is with me and He will not let me down.thank you Ma for this piece

  • Knowing God is there for us always is the best assurance anyone could get

  • Ugwu chika

    I’m really short of words. Our God is indisputable, indestructible, amazing and awesome. Thanks to our Lord Jesus. This post is inspiring and motivating as well.

  • Oh my! this write up is very nice. God is a Wonder worker. he is the only one that can make the impossible possible. he makes us understand that he is always with us no matter the issue ..I pray he gives me the heart and courage to adore him always.

  • Obasi Kosiso

    This post is a well garnished food and has, at the same, time radiated the ray of hope in the tunnel of uncertainties of life. God is an unforeseen lover, who will never abandon us. His promises are enduring and not ephemeral. Since he can throw his weight behind an idol worshiper, how much more his children who he purchased with the precious blood of His lamb to fulfill his salvific promise.

  • uzor Victoria NKeiruka

    This post is motivating and captivating too as God said he would always go before us so that no harm will come to us, just as he went ahead of the children of Israel when they were about to cross the red sea.

  • Victoria Nonike

    this post reminds me of the Lord’s goodness and graciousness. bless you ma.

  • Atudume B. Chinwendu

    Ma, this post is motivating, it has a way of getting one back to his feet knowing that some body great has got his back. When I remember the place where u picked me from, I thank God for where I am today, I see him doing a new thing in my life oh lord I thank you for the future I see, because u will always go before me.

  • Chika Divine Umunnakwe

    Thank you Jesus for you have always been my shield and i have found out that when i try to do it myself by going out of your presence; i fail. He will go before me and i belief Him. Thank you ma, for writing such a great article on this kind of topic. I am lifted and blessed reading this piece. I am grateful ma, for using this medium to motivate and encourage me in my trust in God.

  • Nkiru Amaechina

    1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV
    There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
    He always makes a way of escape for his children

  • Ajibo Lovelyn Onyedikachi

    God says he will be with us and not forsake us,all we need to do is to give him that chance in our lives thereby committing him first in everything we do, we should allow him direct our paths.the Lord have never forsaken his people in the past ,so he will never forsake us now because he never changes , his word remaineth the same forever.

  • Ajibo Lovelyn Onyedikachi

    God promised us that he will be with us and not forsake us,what is required of us is to give him that space to come into our lives and take control of everything, we should commite him first in all we do.he never forsake his people, he is ever compassionate God. I pray that the Almighty God will go before us and make our crooked paths straight and level every difficult mountains in our lives in Jesus name. Amen. God bless you aunty Edith.

  • Okeke Grace Amarachi

    A beautiful post coming from you ma. May God always help us to be strong and always confess the positive for our lives. These words are really reassuring. Thank you ma

  • Chukwuma Chekwube Jennifer

    God will never forsake us his children the lord said he will go before us to Brighten our way

  • Precious

    You are a gift to this generation
    I think we should learn to hold unto God through thick and thin, call Him before embarking on any journey..

  • Anabude oluchi

    Indeed God is a God of possibilities and nothing is hard with him therefore we should always have absolute trust in him and secondly we should endeavor to always confess what we want and not what we have.

  • Afiadigwe Nnedinso Rita

    My father will never leave me nor forsake me. Mummy you are such an inspirational writer thanks for this reminder, I pray for the grace to always speak positively to my soul, to always be confident that even in the furry furnance, he is the fourth man.

  • Nweke Ujunwa Linda

    O! I feel so soul uplifted! This post just reminded me that he has always been there and will always be there. I have and will always put my trust in him for he has never failed me.
    Thank you ma and I pray that God will reward you abundantly for always being a constant reminder of his will.

  • Wooow.. Thanks ma’am for this wonderful post.
    Often times we tend to forget what the most high is capable of doing either because of the difficulties or challenges we are facing. As christains, we should all try as much as possible to always put God first no matter the challenges we are facing, even tough it will not always be easy, but by His Grace we shall conquer.

  • Chinelobi Treasure Oluchi

    Ahhhh… I really love to thank God again for being God.

  • Chidebe uchechukwu cyprain

    Mma, this write up serves as reminder of God promises to us. It reminds me that no matter the condition we find ourselves in, we should always remember that God is always there with us in order to guide and protect us. Thank you so much mma, you truly a one in a million woman of your kind. Bravo!!! The God you serve will surely reward you…Amen

  • Ezidimma odinakachukwu oluchukwu

    This story is based on trust on God.
    No matter how hard it may be trust God to the fullest. He will remove any kind of obstacle just to see you win.
    Trust is an Important part of being a believer. We should learn to trust the Lord with all our hearts.?

  • Aleke Juliet C.

    I claim the prayers in Deut. 31:8. Who can be against us when God is with us? Nobody.

  • Richards Orighomisan

    “I’ll go before you and level the mountains”, such a soothing scripture. Thanks for sharing ma’am.

  • Joseph Chizoba Kingsley

    This post is indeed full of hope. God bless you ma.

    The LORD himself goes before me and will be with me! He will never leave me nor forsake me! I will not be afraid! I will not be discouraged!

  • Nweze Mary Chioma

    I came across this post now ma and I felt like God was calling me up to it. I used to have this unexplainable phobia for everything. It gets so hard that some times I rarely ever stay in a dark room alone. I hated going to the convenience at night when there’s no power supply and every one has gone to bed. Night mares were a norm for me. But as I grew up into the word, this verse of the Bible always comes to mind whenever I feel fear creep into my mind. It’s as though God himself is there, taking me by the hand and leading me through the hard and dark places. I’m so grateful for this post ma. It really strengthened my heart the more.

  • Okoro Ugochi Angel

    His blessings and miracle will follow me this week.

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