“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.”
I’ve written before regarding this verse in “Psalm 37:23-24 – Our steps are not Ours.” There I broke down the verse by important points; good man, ordered, delight, etc. I wrote that there were a lot of promises in this relatively short verse. That God establishes our steps every day and what a blessing that is.
Well, today, I want to go in a little different direction with this verse again. I’m looking specifically at the word, “steps”. One single word. God revealed something into my mind earlier this past week that this word is very important and intentional. “Steps” Notice that it is the plural of “step”.
There are many times that we want the solution to a problem or the answer to a prayer to come right away. We live in a world of instant gratification, or it seems that way. We all are way too busy to slow down and sometimes we want things fast and even want things NOW! Forgive us Lord when we expect the answer to a prayer to come even before we stop praying.
But if we look at the word, “steps”, the word itself reveals that there is a process. The word “steps” is defined as “to advance by moving both feet in succession, one after the other.” The word implies movement either forward or backward. Movement. This is where God caught my attention.
God orders our steps because there is somewhere He wants us to go. He desires us to walk with Him. God has placed or ordered those steps to finally reveal at the end of that path, something He has for us. The book of Hebrews says it this way, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV) The reward or goal? Spending eternity with Jesus Christ.
If all it took was to complete one step to attain the prize that God has for us, why would we need any divine intervention. If what we desired took one simple step, why would we need God? Matthew Henry, the great commentator, said this, “Observe, God orders the steps of a good man; not only His way in general, by His written word, but by His particular steps, by the whispers of conscience, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.’ He does not always show him His way at a distance, but leads him step by step, as children are lead, and so keeps him in a continual dependence upon His guidance.” Did you get it? (Notice it’s underlined) The steps God orders requires continual dependence upon His guidance. There may be times where God lays before you a single step to Victory. Like the choice to call upon the Name of the Lord and accepts Jesus as your Savior. The steps in which we need God’s continual guidance to the end will require God’s hand holding our hand; walking with us every step of the way. Maybe the steps lead to deliverance. Maybe the steps lead to healing. Maybe the steps lead to your marriage being restored. Maybe the steps lead to your children coming back to the Lord. All I know is, without His hand in ours, we will fail or at the very least get lost.
Friend, do we like instant gratification? Sometimes we do. I remember as a young boy mom making pudding the old fashioned way. Making custard and flavoring it with chocolate. Then someone invented instant chocolate pudding. Life was grand. Thank you, Jell-O. All joking aside, God desires that we walk with Him, step by step. God desires that we spend time with Him. Let’s rejoice that He orders our steps and continually guides us. All the way to Victory!
Dear Lord, thank You that You order our steps. Thank You that You walk with us, guiding us and leading us to our ultimate Victory. Hold on to us, Lord, and keep us on the path that You have set before us. May we be strong and run the race until the end. Forgive us Lord when we break free from Your hand and try to walk on our own. We love You Lord, and give You praise. In Jesus Name. AMEN
Don’t believe me, believe God!