Ordered Steps

In my last post I explained that I know that life in Mitchell county is God’s will for me and my family right now. Now let me give you a good verse on such matters. Psalm 37:23 says:

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.”

The Hebrew word that is translated as “ordered” is kun, and it carries various shades of meaning. While it can be accurately translated in other ways, primarily it means “to establish.” As it is used in the context of this verse, the teaching is: God will both direct and establish the steps of the person who truly walks with Him. Now does that sound like God has a highly specific will for each life? You’d better believe it.

Don’t operate under the wrong notion that God is just sitting up in heaven, kind of half paying attention to your decision-making, and that He’s only willing to speak up when you make a catastrophic one. Much to the contrary, He has a will regarding ALL of your decisions, even those that you consider inconsequential. I, for one, firmly believe that God is interested in what color of socks you put on in the morning!

I once heard a comedian build a comedy routine around the advantages of driving a run-down car. He said, “When you drive an old car, you don’t care if it gets hit. When I’m trying to get on the interstate, I just pull straight out into traffic. Let ’em sort it out behind me.” I cracked up at that joke, but it’s not so funny when you operate like that in life. When you go ahead and pull out into traffic and expect God to sort things out behind you, you live life backwards. Rather than letting God direct and order your steps, you charge off down your own path and leave yourself wide open for all kinds of unpleasant results.

So, starting right now, you should dedicate yourself completely to letting God order all of your steps. That includes where you live, where you work, where you attend church, what activities you engage in, what kind of car you drive, where you go on vacation, etc. Don’t be guilty of just pulling out into traffic regarding any decision. And never forget that God wants to lead you by walking ahead of you and ordering your steps, not sort out messes you’ve left in your wake.

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