Weekly devotional - Order my steps, Lord
We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. (Proverbs 16:9)
When we as Christians are struggling to make decisions, we might ask themselves, “What does God want me to do?” Or, “Should I do this or should I spend my time doing that?”
We can have peace of mind in making plans for our todays and tomorrows, knowing if it doesn’t go against the truth and principles found in God’s Word, then we can move forward. God has given us such a unique and creative mind to allow us to do the things he has gifted you to do.
Direct my steps by Your word, And let no iniquity have dominion over me. (Psalms 119:133)
As we determine what those plans are and we keep your heart and mind open to the Lord's instructions, we can move forward in confidence, knowing that He will determine your steps. He has given us a mind to choose between right and wrong. He has given us a heart to know what is good. He has given us a soul to crave fellowship with Him. He loves you too much to want you to travel too far from Him. This is why God will determine your steps.
He will bring people and circumstances our way that may cause us to slow down, to reevaluate our path. He does this because He is good. He wants only the very best for us. If our plans get muddled or broken, praise Him. He is protecting us because He cherishes us. He has something even more amazing that we can ever imagine.
My steps have clung to Your paths; my feet have not slipped. (Psalm 17:5)
Today, let’s pray for the plans He makes for us, directing our steps into his good and perfect will.
Dear Lord, thank you for each new day that you have given us. Thank you for creating our minds to dream. You designed us with a need to create, to develop, to dream of new possibilities. Thank you for giving us the freedom to make our own plans.
But there are times Lord, when I don’t know which decision to make. Your Word says that You determine my steps. Thank you for the freedom that brings to my mind and heart. You are a good God, and you desire good things for me!
As I make my plans for today and tomorrow, and as I step forward in faith, order my steps Lord where you want me to go. Turn me away from the direction of anything that I make plans for that takes my eyes off of you. In the name of our Savior, Jesus our Christ, Amen.