While out walking the other day, I came across this new stop sign in our neighborhood. Apparently, there had been a few accidents at this corner involving cars crossing the road and turning left. People had a slight problem seeing traffic coming from the left, and were taken by surprise by an oncoming vehicle. This new sign provides good direction and will keep cars from colliding in the future.
I thought about this posting on the way home and came to the realization that God often does this for me. I start out, moving forward, until I come to a stop. This stop is a halt to my path, at times a warning. Then, I must ask, “Is it safe to continue on this path, or should I change directions?” I always get clear instruction as to the “right” path to take. He states, “Don’t go to the left, you will be taken by surprise!”
One of my favorite verses is Psalms 37: 23 and 24:
The steps of a good man (or woman) are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his (her) way. Though he (or she) fall, he (or she) shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him (or her) with His hand.
I have an older version of Living Bible, called The Way, published by Campus Crusade for Christ, and I like its version as well:
The steps of good men (women) are directed by the Lord. He delights in each step they take. If they fall it isn’t fatal, for the Lord holds them with His hand.
This version reminds of the time I watched my son take his first steps. It was so awesome! For weeks he had been holding onto furniture and stepping along using the edges to walk. He would smile and wave his hand around as if in celebration of this great accomplishment. When he discovered that he could let go and walk, he was so ecstatic and beamed his delight with this new freedom. I was delighted to watch him walk!
I also remember watching him take his first steps cautiously, swaying a little at times as he stood up, and then he would take off walking while concentrating on the direction he wanted to go. Sometimes, we would have to stop him and redirect his path so that he would not injure himself. And, sometimes he fell and I would have to help him back up.
In the same manner, the Lord directs my daily path. He watches me walk and keeps an eye out for the dangerous crossings in my life. With every step I take, I must consider what His Word would have me to do. And, sometimes I sway as I stand, waiting for His direction. I must not take a step forward without His leading, I desire his guidance through his Word.
As we walk in faith, we some times lose our balance and fall. We may then be embarrassed, confused, angered or just take it all in stride. We usually just get back up and continue walking forward. The verse above states that, “if they fall it isn’t fatal”, be assured, my friend, you will fall down once in a while in your Christian walk; but it will not end there. Did you hear what the Psalmist said?: … for the Lord holds them with his hand. How awesome is that? Your Lord will not let you walk alone, he will not let you walk out into dangerous traffic, and even if you misread Him and do get sideswiped … He is there to grab your hand and pull you up!
Let’s take a poll:
Would you rather?:
- Walk alone and take my chances.
- Walk blindfolded on my daily walk, taking my chances.
- Walk with someone who can help order and guide my steps?
I am guessing that most of us would choose #3 and rather have someone help us in our daily walk. When you, being a good (faithful or righteous) man or woman, ask God to order your steps what you are asking Him is, “Lord, keep me safe, keep me focused and help me to walk before you. May my walk be pleasing to you.”
Psalms 120: 33 reads, “guide me with your laws so that I will not be overcome by evil.” God’s laws are meant to protect us from harm, not to restrain our walk. He keeps us from fatal mistakes, he keeps us from those things that would destroy our faith in Him. It is this loving Father, who watches your every step, that holds your hand, that will not allow you to be left all alone standing in the middle of a crossroad. If you fall, he will dry your tears, dust you off and with his loving hand, pick you up. He has you in his hand, beloved. You are always in his sight!
There is so much more I would love to share on asking God to direct your steps, but my friend, it is your privilege to pursue this prayer and walk. I encourage you to meditate upon this thought, upon His Word, so that you will understand the great plans he has for your life.
Be blessed in your walk today,