Scripture: The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord; (Ps. 37:23).
Whenever I hear this Scripture quoted, I’m reminded of a song recorded by Award Winning Gospel Artist Fred Hammond. One particular line in the song says, “Your steps are ordered before the world was framed.”
These lyrics brought a couple of questions to my mind, “Did God actually count every step that each person would ever take from the very idea that He had at the time of creating man individually? Did He literally orchestrate the direction of every little step that we would take from the very beginning into eternity?
The Bible states that God’s thoughts are vast and His was are incomprehensible. We have testimonies that God has numbered our days, numbered the stars, and every strand of our hairs are numbered as well; (Ps. 139; Matt. 10:30; Gen. 15:5; Luke 12:7). Our God is very personal and each and every detail of His designs are intricate.
Upon doing my research, I delve into other study materials with hopes of finding answers to my questions. I first discovered that there are several version that replaces the verb “ordered” with “established” or “directed.” When something or someone is established it means that it’s been in existence for a long time. Literally it means that it is stable and/or fixed.
I remember the Psalmist David saying, “Direct my footsteps according to your word; (Ps. 119:133). Your word is a lamp unto my feet and light unto my path”; (v. 105). Being sensible David would not take one step without God leading the way. He knew the importance of walking in the statutes of the Lord; he kept His commandments and was faithful to doing them.
With that being said, let me mention that God has given mankind a free will. Which means that we’re able to choose either our way or God’s way. But, how can this be true if our steps are ordered by the Lord? Did He calculate the step that we would take in opposition to His ordered steps for us?
Let’s review a few Scriptures to clarify a few things before answering any of the above questions:
a.) A man’s heart plans his course, but the Lord determines (establishes, directs), his steps, (Prov. 16:9).
b.) Man’s goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?; (Prov. 20:24).
c.) There is no wisdom, understanding, nor counsel against the Lord; (Prov. 21:30).
Are you walking in step with God? When we’re living a surrendered life, God directs our comings and goings, and we’re able to walk up right before Him, because He keeps us in all of our ways. Our walk is secure so we don’t veer to the left but remain on the righteous path. Let the heart of man consider what is just, that his steps may be directed by God; (Jere. 10:23).
How free is our free will when we know that our steps have been ordered by the Lord? Have you counted the cost of overriding God’s will for your will? Anything that you implement has to be maintained by you. You cannot call on God to help you succeed in your plan when He already has a good plan; (Jere. 29:11). You are the overseer of your project, God will not come on as hired help to fund your idea. He’s God! The CEO of the Universe. The Maker of Heaven and Earth. The Author and Finisher of our Faith. He Gives life and He’s able to resurrect dead things. Are you beginning to get the full picture?
So, are you in step with God? Have you counted the wrong steps that you’ve taken. If you haven’t you should know that those steps ordered by you were not a part of God’s plan. God is a gentleman, He gave us a free will to choose and He will let you have your own way. But, be very careful because wrong steps can cost you the kingdom. Don’t get distracted and be led away in the wrong direction. Submit your will to God, and He will speak to you and give you directions.
I now know that God has ordered my foot steps, and His will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven, I’m free to do God’s will. His hearts desire is for us to love Him and obey Him. When we surrender to God’s will all things work for our good and His glory. Are you taking your ordered steps for granted?