The LORD will make you the head, not the tail.  If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.  Deuteronomy 28:13 NIV

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Seneca lives in a railroad town which celebrates its heritage with a little red caboose in the park near the train station.  We often walk there as it conveniently provides all you need to clean up doggie messes.  It is frequented by lots of pups so it provides her a variety of smells to sniff and enjoy.

A caboose is described as a manned North American railroad car coupled at the end of a freight train.  Cabooses provide shelter for its crew.  The rear brakeman rides in the caboose, and often  watches for any signs of problems.

Deuteronomy 28 is full of blessings the Lord promises us if we fully obey God.  One of those blessings is that we will be the head and not the tail.  It goes on to tell us that we will always be at the top and never at the bottom.  Pretty heady stuff for those of us trying to climb the ladder of success.

God promises us our rightful place if we are obedient but we are not to try to climb over everyone with an arrogant, deserving attitude.  In Luke 14:7-11, Jesus tells the parable of the wedding guests and explains not to take the place of honor but to sit in the back.  Then you will be promoted by the host to the front and rewarded publicly for your humble attitude.

Isaiah 52:12 promises, “But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the LORD will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard”.  Jesus leads us and protects us.  He is our caboose.  He is our shelter and our rearguard.  He is watching over us to see if there is trouble on the tracks ahead.  No obstacles or head on collisions will overcome us.  We are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Romans 8:37).




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