Years ago, while marching with my high school band, I was more into my music than I was into following my director. We were to march to the goal line on the football field, make a right turn, and then exit the field. One hundred and eleven musicians followed the directions perfectly. One tuba player kept marching into the end zone, alone, embarrassed, and lost. I was that tuba player.
Everyone needs the Director to be their guide and guard. If we choose otherwise we will end up in an “end zone” - alone, embarrassed, and eternally lost. The alternative?
“A person’s steps are ordered by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way?” asks Solomon. Perhaps he was going through a difficult period in his life and he recalled a bit of advice from his father, King David: “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him,” wrote his Dad. He may have been facing a decision about his future and was struggling to know which path God would have him take. It may have been a family problem or issues with his staff. Wherever he was in his walk with God, he realized the importance of seeking His wisdom.
God has a plan for each of us, and He wants us to follow Him and fulfill that plan. However, He also has given us the freedom to make the ultimate decision: Will we seek His guidance and His will, or choose to go our own way? And, if we seek it, will we know it when we see it?
Again, we turn to the heart of Proverbs: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” When we, in humility, bow before Him in complete surrender, seek His will in prayer and study His Word, and ask for the counsel of fellow believers, we can be assured that He will bring His light to our path and protect our every step. Then, we will “know it when we see it!”
Knock, seek, listen, wait, watch, talk with others, and be faithful to Him. He will appear!
Prayer: How foolish we are, Lord, when we do not wait for and trust You. You have our best interests at heart. May we wait patiently as we seek Your guidance. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 20:24 A person’s steps are ordered by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way?