God Determines Our Steps by Lois Coady
I am really bad about sticking pieces of the Sunday bulletin into the corners of my Bible cover with handwritten notes about things to remember from the sermon. One day I found a note dated December 2002 with a quote that Pastor Gene Kern shared that read: "In His place, at His pace, by His grace." This really spoke to me back on that Sunday morning in 2002 and it is speaking to me again.
I have been a "planner" most of my life. I enjoy planning. I like thinking about the future and I know I am not alone. Many of us keep mobile, online and paper calendars. We keep "to do" lists and enjoy scratching things off when items are "tah-done." But, WHO really determines what happens along the way?
Take a look at these scripture passages:
God's Place -
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9
God's Pace -
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. I Peter 5:6
God's Grace -
Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10
These simple steps of trusting God's place, God's pace and God's grace and thanking Him every step of the way have truly revolutionized my life.
However, the only way you learn to trust someone to this degree is to develop a personal relationship with them. So, how does one develop that kind of relationship with God?
One key way in which I develop a personal relationship with God is through regular prayer. One-on-one communication is vital in any healthy relationship, including a relationship with God. So, I rely on my daily quiet time to draw close to God. I read His word and contemplate what it is saying to me. Then, I spend time sharing my appreciation, thoughts and heart desires with Him. Next, I listen and make note of impressions I have during that intimate time. What I've learned is that God not only listens, but He also responds to my heart's cry because He delights in me His child. (Psalm 18:18-19).
I no longer need to have a plan in place for my future which frees me up to spend more time with Him and enjoy the journey God has planned for me. God's plans are always perfect. HIs ways are higher than our ways. I am happy to be in His place, moving at His pace, surrounded by His grace.
Read Psalm 31:1-5
How is God being praised in this prayer? What is prayed for?
In what ways does this prayer apply to what is going on in your life?