For several days we’ve been talking about asking the Lord God to direct our steps and to light our path, and reveal His plans for us. As I hit the “publish” button yesterday, I began to think about what gets in the way of our following the Lord’s plans for us. I actually googled that question. One verse kept popping up over and over again – “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” (Proverbs 16:9) And when I looked up this verse at BibleGateway, I looked at the MacArthur Study Bible and read, “Sovereign God overrules the plans of men to fulfill His purposes.” Solomon knew that when his actions and motives pleased God, God rewarded him with peace. When pride and greed entered his heart, he began to travel down the road to chaos and destruction. No matter what good we do, God knows our motivation for doing it. God judges our motives, not simply our actions. And He hates pride.
So in searching for an answer to my question, BAM – there it is. Pride is probably the biggest reason we don’t follow the Lord’s plans for us. When we direct our own paths (when we’re self-sufficient), isn’t that telling our Father that we have this – we don’t need His intervention here? And then sometime down the road, when our “self-sufficiency” gets us into trouble, do we then look to God to get us out of the mess we’ve gotten ourselves into? The Prophet Jeremiah prayed, “Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps.” (Jer. 10:23) God’s ability to direct our lives well is infinitely beyond our ability, and His direction will be in keeping with His purposes.
Last week in God’s Authority Over Every Area of Our Lives Pt 1, I shared from Tony Evans, “God wants to occupy the place of supreme authority in your life, and He wants to set your life’s agenda as you submit yourself to His Word. Since Jesus possesses all authority, and His Word has all of His authority behind it, why are we as Christians not seeing God’s Word at work any more than we are? I am convinced the reason is that we are not living as though God’s Word were our authority. We are not seeing more power in our lives and in the church at large because we aren’t taking the Bible seriously.
In every area of our lives, we must recognize that the authority under which we operate goes far beyond any human authority. God operates His Kingdom by His Word. The Bible is the divine blueprint by which all of life is to be lived. It is the benchmark by which all decisions should be made. If we are going to advance God’s kingdom, we must recognize and submit to the divine authority of His Word. What was the first thing Satan got Adam and Eve to do in the garden? He got them to question the authority of God’s Word.”
Since God is the only true authority in His Kingdom, we must live under His revealed authority and standard. The Bible provides the standard. “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16–17).
Rather than trying to move through life as if we know what’s best (we don’t), isn’t it better to not only ask the Lord to direct our steps and light our path – and then follow where He leads? “Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.” (Ps. 119:133)