The Director Of Our Steps

26th September

The Lord directs our steps so why try to understand everything along the way……..So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What we will we drink? What we will wear?’…your Heavenly Father already knows all your needs.”

Proverbs 20:24, Matthew 6:31, 32b

When things don’t always go as planned, having an attitude of trust in Jesus, leads us to peace in the midst and throughout the storm we may have to go through. If we know that God is directing our steps, has our today and tomorrow at the forefront of His thoughts, then we can be at peace knowing that we don’t have to have all the answers or solutions for everything life throws at us, or when things don’t go to plan.

Not worrying, is not laziness or not being pro-active, but rather actively trusting in God, therefore we don’t need to worry. Everyone has big decisions to make in life. Jesus’ list of examples were just some of the few things that can cause us to worry. But surely the list is longer right? Who will I marry? Where will I live? Will I get that promotion? And so on. Not worrying about these things is having a pro-active attitude that says, ‘God is in control, that’s why I don’t worry’.

The Lord is directing your steps. Actively trust Him, that although they may not always lead where you think is best, God does have our best at hand. Be at peace knowing we don’t have to try to fix everything, organise everything and have everything regimentally planned out; Trust Him, He is in control.

The God Who Hears

11th February

O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will You look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand? . . . . . But I trust in Your unfailing love. I will rejoice because You have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because He is good to me.

Psalm 13:1-2,5-6

David, in this wonderful psalm, uses some very strong wording to describe his feelings during his time of persecution. In fact, they are so strong, you almost feel like cringing and asking, ‘are you really talking to God?’ Yet if we look further into the Psalmist’s words, we soon begin to realise that actually, David was just like one of us.

If we are honest, then we too can probably say that we have cried out the same words as David did. Perhaps there are moments in your life, when you too feel alone, feel abandoned and feel like God is looking the other way. However, and probably most importantly, although David felt alone and felt sorrow in his heart, he knew that even there, God was never too far from him.

David was so confident in the Lord, that he even thanks God for the victory he has not yet won. Verse 5 exclaims “I will rejoice because You have rescued me!” Isn’t that an amazing gem found in the middle of what seems like a gloomy and hopeless situation. It can be assumed, as not stated in the text, that his victory had not yet been won, yet so firm was David’s trust in the Lord, that he knew God would rescue him. In addition, David says that he can “rejoice” and “sing” to the Lord, because He had been good to him.

It is in knowing God’s faithfulness in our lives that carries us through times of uncertainty and worry. We know God is faithful. We know that God is good. Yet if we are honest, there are times in our lives when we do feel like God is not answering prayers or that He feels distant. Yet, it is in those times that our praises should increase, as we remember the faithfulness of Almighty God and the unconditional love we receive from Him. He promised to never leave us and God never breaks His promises. He is with you. Keep trusting. Keep praising.

Trust In The Lord

9th October

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you what path to take.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

Ben Carson, an American presidential candidate, recently quoted this verse as being one of his favourite verses in the Bible. So great is this verse, that most assuredly, many agreed with his opinion.

The writer of this proverb, most probably King Solomon, knew that his own hope came from God and God alone. In 2 Chronicles 1:7-10 and 1 Kings 3:5-9, we read two similar stories whereby God appeared to Solomon and offered him anything he wanted as a result of his father, David’s obedience and close walk with God. Instead of asking for fame, wealth and long life, he simply asked for the wisdom, knowledge and discernment to lead God’s people. This proverb is a direct fruit of the gift God gave to Solomon, hence why it’s timeless and precious words are still an inspiration for many today.

Let us heed the words that are written in this wonderful proverb; that trust is not built in our own ability guide ourselves but in leaning on God for all we do. Our human understanding will never be enough to lead and guide our paths. We may feel like we are in control but in truth, it is only God who knows the plans for our lives. It can be easy to leave God out of the picture, but that lifestyle only leads to corruption and pain. May seek His will in all we do, from the small everyday things to the major decisions in our life. Trusting in God means that we completely rely in Him in all we do.

Trusting is not a passive attitude negating our responsibilities but rather bringing God to the fore-front of all our plans and decisions, before we do them, allowing Him to lead and guide us in them. It is only in complete submission to God that we see His will for our lives, fully lived out.