The Steps of a Good Man
(a message to myself)
Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div, LOM
Trust and Obey
In the devotional book, Come Away My Beloved, by Frances Roberts. In one devotional entitled “One Day at a Time,” Roberts says: “Be content with what each day brings, rejoicing in your God, for surely He shall deliver you. He is the One who has brought you here. His way is discernible to the eye of faith. His heart is surely your strong tower. In His affection you have security. In His love are your hope and your peace. Do not question and do not doubt. Each day holds some small joy that shall escape you if you are preoccupied with tomorrow.” A key to having our steps ordered by God is to trust that He knows what is best and that He will see us through.
It is not just trust that is required, we must also live a life of obedience to His Word. If we live in trust and obedience, our lives will reflect the fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control). A life of trust and obedience will generate the kind of love described in I Corinthians 13. Trust and obedience are determinations, something we choose to do. Colossians 2:6-7 says, “As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” The key to being “rooted and built up” is quite simple – trust and obey. If we take the step each day to trust and obey Jesus Christ, He will show us the way.
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Always Seek the Truth
There is one thing that a Christian can do that will assure that he will stray in his steps, and that is to fail to have a teachable spirit. If we want to assure failure, we can come to the conclusion that we have arrived. If we want to assure failure, we can refuse to seek (and heed) the godly counsel of others. If we stop praying, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10), and if our own ways and perceptions become our only reality, we are doomed to failure.
The human being in his natural, sinful state is a frightful thing. Satan’s lies are appealing – they are believable. It is only by the grace of the Holy Spirit that Truth can be discerned. Disobedience to the Scripture, incapacitating fear, or being distracted by things of this world can all quench the Holy Spirit in our lives. If we become insensitive to the Spirit’s prompting, we will stray. There is nothing more useless to God than an incapacitated Christian. Scripture tells us that, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, And according to the fruit of his doings.” (Jeremiah 17:9-10) In order to assure that our steps will be guided by God, we must daily ask Him to create in us a clean heart and seek His Truth. “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)
Sometimes in the fog of suffering and confusion resulting from life’s curve balls, it can be hard to know which steps to take. But if we daily take the steps that we do know, we can be assured He that will guide our paths. If we daily commit ourselves to Him; if we do the next thing that lies before us; if we trust and obey Him; and if we always seek out His Truth – we can be assured that He will not only guide our paths, but we will have access to all that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords has to offer. We will experience that abundant life in Him – even in the midst of the trial.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)