In life we travel many roads. Just as the points of the compass leads us North, South, East, and West so does our existence. We are set to travel various paths, but are they chosen by us or predetermined by God? Are we given the right to chose? I mean we all are guilty of what I will call the ” I isms of life,” where we say I want to, I will, or I am going to, right. Yet the Word says, in Proverbs 16:9 that we plan our course, but the Lord established our steps. Umm, choice based on our plan. Yet, end result are the steps taken, determined by God. Makes me wonder where do our choices end and His steps lead? Interestingly enough is that we all can speak of a plan, that later ended up changing (not by choice), right?
I am sure you dont even have to think that far back to see, whether you believe it or not, that the steps being ordered were better than the choice you would have made. Like that one time when you were mad because you were running late. Anything and everything that could happen did. You misplaced your keys, could find the kids matching shoes or nature took course and you were confined to the comforts of the bathroom toilet. Shake My Head. But nevertheless you were detained, delayed, distracted by the offsets of life. But later as you leave home you see police cars headed to or on the road, where 20 minutes, earlier you would have been. Then later as you reflect on the day, you begin to give thanks for God’s interventions. I don’t know about you, but I have come to thank God for the delays of life. His will for His children serves to protect, provide and keep us safe.
Does this mean that we just sit thinking well I can be late, then intertwine that to His steps, no. Accountability is necessary in all our affairs. It’s the unplanned that I speak of. Whether we travel North, South, East or West know that every encounter isn’t with a stranger and that everything we do is purposeful. Afterall, He said He will bless the works of your hands, the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us– yes, establish the work of our hands (Psalms 90:17).
We are to be active, to live life to the maximum level in wisdom and understanding. To trust in the Lord with all our hearts, lean not unto our own understanding. In all our ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path (Proverbs 3:5-6).
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