I love walking by the ocean. I love the fishy smells, and the way the salty breeze warms my weariness. I love the feel of cool water on my feet, and the sounds of the waves lapping against the shore. Nobody has to force my steps on a sandy beach, since by the sea is where I feel most at home.
How comforting is the passage above from Proverbs, to know that since God directs our steps, we can trust Him throughout our lives. Some may argue that this verse is suggestive of predestination on God’s part, and that as such, why bother with a life of faith. Not at all that, this is actually a poignant reference to God’s sovereignty and love, but there are some issues inherent in it worth addressing.
God Does Not Force Our Steps
God controls the universe, but out of love gives us the choice whether to accept His guidance. God’s ways are best, but not everyone accepts this notion. Because of that same love, though, He goes a step further.
God Uses Circumstances to Direct Our Steps to Him
Many do not understand the message of the cross, but it is not complicated. God sent Jesus to offer a Way back to Him. He will use circumstances your entire life to direct you to Him. By accepting and following Christ, we merely return to where we belong. If really His, though, our lives will then change.
God Will Direct Us Away From Sin
Some people think that after saying a sinner’s prayer they can then go out and continue living a life of continual sin. If God is directing, though, our lives change from pursuit of wanton pleasure to that of pleasing Him. God will never direct someone into sin, so if wrongdoing is still rampant, there is something amiss. This brings up yet another issue.
God Directs Us to Let Go
In the passage, there is the implication of letting go ~ and ~ letting God direct. We cannot be in charge anymore, but need to let God lead our lives. For many, this is where the rudder meets the wave. In our egotistical culture, we think we can figure things out all by ourselves. God knows this, yet still loves us and has a wonderful alternative.
God Directs In Order to Bless
Many despise the idea of giving God control, but those of us who know Him wouldn’t have it any other way. With God at the helm, we no longer have to figure things out, but can instead trust His wisdom and understanding. This is not at all weakness, as some suppose; rather, by yielding to God’s directing, we trade control for a blessed peace. We can trust an infinite God, who knows the beginning from the end, to guide our ways.
The true blessing comes from knowing that with God directing our steps, they will one day walk on streets of gold on heaven’s shore.
With that in mind, what is holding you back from letting go and letting God direct?
Along the seashore,
I hear His footsteps best.
It reminds me ~
As I follow Him,
He directs my steps
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