Today I want to continue to explore our Lord God directing our steps. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)
When we are followers of Christ, God Himself lives in us by His Holy Spirit. If we are familiar with His voice through regularly listening to Him, He will lead us with firmness and clarity. We will have peace about a decision, or we will not have peace. We might feel like “this just isn’t right” or “I just feel like I’m supposed to…”. The essential key with this is to remember that the Holy Spirit will never lead us contrary to the revealed will of God in His Word. If you ever feel like you should do something that is clearly contrary to Scripture then you had better check that again. For God is not “the author of confusion” (1 Corinthians 14:33) and He Himself encourages us to “not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God” (1 John 4:1) and we are to test everything in light of God’s Word. Scripture also says, “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will lead you into all truth (John 16:13)”.
Since God is sovereign, we can expect that He is in control of all circumstances (not always causing, but allowing them) and since He is in control, there are times when an obstacle in our way is simply God closing that door to us because it is not the direction He wants us to go. As Scripture says, “What He opens no one can shut and He shuts no one can open. (Revelation 3:7)”. There are times when a difficulty is meant to test us that we might persevere, and times when it is truly a closed door. Remember that, “He determined the times set for (us) and the exact places where (we) should live. God did this so that people would seek Him and reach out to Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. (Acts 17:26-27)”.
No matter how much we might eventually think that we have this stuff down, we must remember that we will still make mistakes. It can be hard sometimes to distinguish between our own strong desire for something and the witness of God’s Spirit – especially if circumstances and wise counsel also seem to confirm our desire. But we should remember, ““The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.” (Psalm 37:23-24) If we are truly seeking to follow His will, He will set us back on the right path. Not long ago I was feeling very overwhelmed with how much I had placed on my plate. I was involved in several excellent organizations doing God’s work. I prayed and waited, prayed and waited, asking God to show me what I should give up or what I should be doing differently. I very clearly heard “I didn’t tell you to do that”, and I knew what I needed to do.
How amazing it is that God Himself holds our hand! He keeps us on the right path and helps us to overcome anything that might try to hinder us along the way. As Scripture says, “if God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:31-32)”. Since He holds us by the hand, then He is always with us wherever we go. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9).
Who can take us from His hands? “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life,and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” (John 10:27-29) We are never alone and never need to fear the future. You may not always see Him or see where He’s leading you, but you can know that He will never leave you (Hebrews 13:5).
God leads us through life like we would lead someone in a dance with close and constant contact. I LOVE that visual! In order to feel the nuances through His touch, we need to stay in constant contact with Him through prayer and the reading of His Word. Let’s dance!
- My personal Bible study
- The Lord Directs Your Steps by Dionne Stratton published at FaithWriters