Proverbs 20:24 (NLT) The LORD directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?
A person’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way? In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps, (Proverbs 20:24; 16:9).
God is in control of all circumstances that surround (my) your life. Sometimes we may feel we understand these circumstances, but at other times we don’t have a clue why certain things happen as they do, and we are mystified. We make our plans, but God always will have His way. Do you see where God has the final say in your life, and plans for your life?
There’s nothing wrong with making a plan for tomorrow or for next month or next year. But we must always plan with this provision: the Lord may change our plans and take us in a completely different direction. It is the Lord’s prerogative to do so; the Lord, not you, is in control of your life.
Jeremiah 10:23 says, “O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.” And in the book of Proverbs, the writer asks the question: “The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?” (Proverbs 20:24, NLT). The ways of the Lord are beyond us always knowing the answers’ now.
Point to ponder- We sometimes call this guiding of our steps “Divine Providence.” Does that mean, then, that bad things never will happen to good and even godly people? No, but it does mean that even when bad things happen, God can bring good out of bad, as (Romans 8:28) assures us.
All of God’s good promises, however, won’t be fully realized until we get to heaven. There are some things we can look at in life and say, “That was a really terrible experience, but now as I look back in retrospect, I can see the good that has come from it.” But then there are other things we will experience in life that we never will see good come out of , or at least “good” as we understand it. It won’t be until we get to the other side and see the Lord face-to-face that we will understand these things. (Songwriter in the kind of church I come from writes “We will understand better Bye and Bye).
Even so, we entrust our lives to the Lord’s Divine hands and great wisdom and praise our great God for directing us step by step, and day by day!
In His Love,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.