“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalm 37:23 NLT
Miriam Booth was a beautiful, brilliant cultured woman. The daughter of the Salvation Army founder, Miriam followed in her dad’s footsteps. She experienced unusual success and her Christian work began with great promise. Before long, however, disease struck and brought her to the point of death. A friend visiting her one day said it seemed a pity that a woman so capable should be hindered by illness from doing the Lord’s work. “It is great to do the Lord’s work,” she replied with gentle grace, “but it is greater to do the Lord’s will.”
Miriam Booth understood something many of us do not. We focus on what we can “do for God”. God, on the other hand, is much more concerned about who we become as we focus on Him. His will often involves circumstances that drive us to fix our eyes on Him, the author and perfecter of our faith.
Are you looking for direction, for purpose, for meaning to your life?
Psalm 37:23 reminds us that the follower of Jesus can have absolute assurance that each step, moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day, is ordered by the Lord (directed by Him according to His perfect plan).
This wonderful truth is made even more meaningful by the reminder that our “stops” as well as our “starts” are directed by the Lord. He knows when we need to slow down, to wait on Him. As a Christian leader once said after several weeks of being bedridden: “I needed to be flat on my back so that the only way I could look was up.”
Most of us struggle at one time or another to discover God’s will. Don’t be discouraged. Claim His promise to guide your steps and then do your part. Seek to know Him through His Word, through prayer and through Spirit-led council. He promises to give wisdom to any who ask in Jesus’ name.
Your view of God really matters…
If you are facing a crossroads in your life, wait on Him and avoid the usual rush to a decision that might be disastrous. “He is faithful who promised.” Depend upon Him to make the way clear as you lay the decision prayerfully before Him. And if His answer is to wait, slow down, and focus on Him..., do it!
Read God’s Word Today…
Isaiah 58:11 NLT “Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.”
GOD, because You are sovereign I know You will guide me every step of the way.
Based on the writings of Bill Bright
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