“A person’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way?” (Proverbs 20:24 NIV)
No one understands the way they are going in life.
We may have a plan. We might have a general idea of where we’re heading, but none of us knows. We don’t know because we’re not God. God is sovereign:
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17 NIV)
Think about your day so far. When you woke up this morning, you had a general idea of what you were going to do. Have things gone 100% according to plan? Or have some things happened you could never have predicted? Those things are God’s sovereignty in your life.
God’s steps equal our steps.
God’s steps are those moments in our lives we didn’t predict. On the way to work, you get stuck in traffic because of an accident; God step. You’re running late and a parking spot opens up right in front, God step. An unexpected death of a loved one; God step. The moment when new life forms in the womb; God step.
God steps in our lives every day. Some times they are small steps, other times they are large steps. Sometimes the steps are joyous, sometimes they are painful. None of them are predictable. All of them leave us with a choice. We can either trust God and step with Him, or we can not.
If we choose not to step with God, we get stuck in the moment. Instead of trusting God’s sovereignty in our lives, we struggle to find meaning in something that doesn’t make sense. We assume the world is either plotting against us or for us, depending on whether the situation is good or bad. We make everything about us and nothing about God.
When my nephew died, it was a huge God step in my life. Did I trust God in my heartache or not? My nephew sat in my car and gave his life to Jesus. God imprinted that moment solidly in my mind. Now years later, do I trust the prayer was real? Do I trust God’s word that I will one day see my nephew again? Or don’t I?
The truth is, we’re going to step forward in life. One way or another, life doesn’t give us a choice. But God does. God gives us the option of stepping with Him or stepping without Him. Every morning when we start our day, we choose again.
God’s steps equal our steps. Each day He has new steps for us to follow.
Question of the Day:
What is a step God has taken in your life?
Further Reading: Ezra 3:1-4:23 NIV, 1 Corinthians 2:6-3:4 NIV, Psalm 28 NIV, Proverbs 20:24-25 NIV