October 28, 2016
He’s One Step Ahead
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives (Psalm 37:23, NLT).
Friend to Friend
I stared at the pile of papers, unsure for the first time about how to complete them. It was the middle school registration packet for my oldest son Ethan. I wasn’t sure how to fill out a few blanks. It all seemed so much more complicated than elementary school.
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.
I had faith this verse even applied to middle schoolers.
Like in the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, I decided to “phone-a-friend” for help. Not just any friend…my middle school counselor friend.
You see, just a few months before deciding on where Ethan would go to middle school, we joined a small group at church. There we made a new friend who just happened to be a counselor at Ethan’s new school.
Coincidence? I don’t think so. My friend told me exactly what to do and even arranged for me to meet my son’s advisor. As I left that middle school office fully assured, I was reminded once again that God is always one step ahead. He had orchestrated meeting my counselor friend just before we needed her!
When we enter a new phase and stage of life, we can be confident that God goes before us. If you’re starting a new job next week, God knows exactly where your desk will be and which people you will need to meet.
If you’re saying goodbye to a friend or having trouble with a loved one, God knows how to get you through the rough spots and bring you comfort.
He directs the steps of the godly. It’s up to God to orchestrate your life. It’s up to you to be directed. It’s our job to simply follow and trust, but that can be hard when we want control and security.
I’ve seen the bumper sticker that reads, “God is my co-pilot.” Although I’m sure the writer was well intentioned, the slogan isn’t Scriptural. God doesn’t want to be a co-pilot. He wants to be the pilot. As long as you are navigating your life, God cannot direct you to His best.
The first commandment in Exodus 20:2-3 is “I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery. You must not have any other god but me.”
We belong to God. He is the Lord and the sole director of our lives. In the same way He rescued the Israelites out of slavery, He will rescue and redeem your life. Even if it seems like you’re walking through a wilderness right now, God is directing your every step. He delights in every detail of your life and will create a beautiful story that is worth telling. Keep trusting and walking. Don’t worry - He’s one step ahead of you.
Dear Lord, thank You for leading my life and delighting in my way. I don’t always know what to do, but I’m so glad that You know. I trust You to direct my every step and ask You to give me wisdom today. May I rest in the confidence that You have everything under control.
In Jesus’ Name,
Now It’s Your Turn
What would the bumper sticker on your life say…”God is my pilot” or “God is my co-pilot”?
What’s one concern of your life you can turn over to God, asking Him to direct your steps?
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