Yesterday was Missions Emphasis Sunday in our church. We heard God’s stirring call to go forward with the Gospel to the ends of the earth. We heard what we should do, how we should do it, and why we should do it. We heard from two inspiring missionaries who have obeyed God’s call and who have gone forward with the Gospel into a closed country in Central Asia. In all this, God was calling us once again to go forward with the Gospel. It was instructive, inspiring and energizing.
But now Monday morning is here and we fear and hesitate. Forward looks much more difficult and much less appealing today. Fear is easier than forward. But, in Exodus 23:20-33, God has a message that will give us confidence to move forward. God moves us forward by going forward before us.