I believe that God is the one who directs our steps. Some might say, “That is not always true.” Which is fine, we all have different opinions. Often these differences show up in close relationships such as marriage. Many married couples don’t have the same beliefs or think in the same way. On this topic, I clearly remember an incident which occurred in my own life a few years ago.
My husband and I were out for a weekend lunch near the beach. We were sitting in the sunshine, having a nice conversation over lunch. He was telling me how happy he was with his work. It was at a time in his life when it seemed like everything was falling into proper place for him. His hard work was finally paying off and he was extremely pleased with how life was providing the right connections with the right people at the right time. I told him that I was glad to hear it and that I was proud of his accomplishments. Then I continued by saying, “See Honey, God is navigating your life. He is directing you to the right people and guiding these connections on your life’s path.”
Surprisingly, he disagreed with me, saying, “God doesn’t direct us. He gives us free will, so we can choose and direct ourselves.” He said, “I have God’s peace because I believe in Him.” I said, “Yes! God gives us free will, but since we believe in Him, He is the one who directs our path. If God doesn’t direct us, we are lost. Those who don’t believe in God’s truth don’t experience His peace and wisdom, which is given to us through Jesus. We are unable to do anything without His lead.” We disagreed on the subject, so we both became quiet for a few moments.
I was kind of disappointed that we couldn’t see eye to eye on this matter. We walked side by side at the beach, then we headed for home. It didn’t take long for God to speak to us.
As we approached the freeway, I noticed that for some reason, my husband was getting anxious. As we entered the freeway ramp, he suddenly accelerated. When the two lanes merged into one, I realized he was trying to pass a big SUV. He nearly collided with the SUV on the side of the car where I was sitting. It could have been a disaster! I screamed, “What are you doing?!” The guy in the SUV was looking at us in shock and anger. I was shaking. I yelled at him a bit and then stopped. I was surprised to feel a strong peace coming over me, calming me down. I felt as if someone was telling me there was a reason for what had just happened. My husband kept saying, “I am so sorry, I’m so sorry!!! I don’t know what came over me.” He didn’t understand why he would drive so recklessly, risking a serious accident. A few minutes later I realized what happened and why it happened. When we got home I shared these verses from the bible with him.
(Isaiah 48:17) “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go.”
God showed my husband that He is the one who directs his steps. Without His lead we are out of control. God drew back from my husband for a moment just to show him that without the leading of Holy Spirit, his life was out of control. The Lord is full of mercy; He corrects His children. We were very grateful to him for opening our eyes. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord…”
As this verse clearly tells us, God leads the steps of those who believe in Him. God corrects us so that we will grow stronger in our faith, trust Him more and not rely on our own understanding. God does his part and we must do our part.
(Proverbs 3:5-6) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 16:9 says, “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”
When we surrender our lives to God, it becomes His job to take full and complete care of our lives. Even the trivial things matter to Him. His Spirit (the Holy Spirit) is called the “Helper” in the Bible. His job is to help us in every step we take. Our job is to live a life in obedience to God – a life of integrity with love in our hearts.
In Psalm 32:8, God says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”
We can go ahead lay out our plans, but must look to God to direct our steps. In other words, we ask for His will to be done in our decisions. Then we will be at the place where God wants us to be.
But what about those who do evil? Those whose words and actions are lead by the prince of evil, Satan. We must keep our distance from them and continuously pray for their salvation. “May the Lord our God get hold of them before they cause further harm. May they turn their eyes to Jesus and kneel before the cross. May His love rule in everyone’s hearts, that He may bring order and peace in the world. Amen!”
When we open the Bible, we see what we need to embrace, and also what we need to avoid to lead a fulfilling life. Everything, good or bad, is in the Bible. I’m so grateful that God graciously teaches us His will and provides us with His power. Glory to His authority and praise His precious name forevermore.