Guided Steps

April 23, 2020

“Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps.” - Jeremiah 10:23

If you Google this question: “What should I do?” you will get more than 64 million results. Advice experts have exploded all over the country. Everywhere from apps, to videos, to live chats, to newspaper columns, to blogs, and to podcasts, people are asking questions about career, love, family, worry, and finances.

I can say as a Pastor that 95% of the counseling I have done in my ministry has dealt with this question: “What decision should I make?” Some of the most frustrating, agonizing, and nerve-wracking times in our lives are when we have to admit, “I don’t know what to do.” Believers and non-believers alike face these times. Rich and poor people face them. Old and young face them. If you are alive, there will be times when you simply do not know what you should do. But, God has promised He will guide us in these times.

Somebody once said, “If you want to hear God laugh tell Him your plans.” Someone else followed that up with, “If you want to hear Him laugh even louder tell Him what you know.” No matter how smart you are, how good at something you are, how many degrees or awards you have, there will come a time when you do not know what decision to make. But here is the good news: You are not alone and you are not on your own.

One of the greatest, most life-changing discoveries you will ever make is the realization that God wants to direct your steps. God wants to lead you down the right path. You have not been put here on this earth like a blind man, blindfolded in a dark room, trying to figure out your way around to keep from falling flat on your face. God has given us His Word, which is like a lamp for our feet and a light for our path (Psalm 119:105). He has also given us the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ. The Spirit guides us into all truth (John 16:13).

The God that gave you life wants to guide you in this life. The God that loves you wants to lead you. The God who gave His Son to die for you now wants to give you His wisdom to direct you. Proverbs 6:9 says this: “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”

Application: Who is directing your steps?

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Bible Reference

I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.