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God directs our steps

The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand. Psalm 37:23-24

From the text, the security of the righteous is emphasized. It is the Lord who leads a person in the right way. The psalmist is not saying that, in fact, God guides all people in the way they should go, since it is quite evident that many do not accept God’s guidance. When a man’s conduct pleases God, the Lord enables him to go through life with confidence and He makes his steps firm. It does not mean that the child of God never hurts or suffers want, but points to a vision of the true reality that harmonizes with the Lord’s character and purpose. It is the psalmist’s way of saying that underneath is always the Lord’s steadying hand. “Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.” When God allows his followers to go through severe afflictions, He at the same time eases them that they may not feeble under them. This is what Paul declares in 2 Corinthians 4:9, “We are persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.” The godly are not only subjected to frequent afflictions in this life because they can be visited with daily trials, and yet are never forsaken of the Lord. This is why when Paul was nearing his death he could say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” (2 Timothy 4:7). Our race began on the day of our salvation, the day when we surrendered our lives to the lordship of God. When God saved us, He set before us a race we have to run. The course at times is smooth but there will be times that the course is rough. There are moments that we run in fast pace but there will be instances that we will crawl in rugged and steep ravines. What matters to God is that no matter what our experience will be while in the path He set for us, all He wants is that we follow His guidance and honor Him. God is there to hold us throughout the journey. He will never leave us lying in the dust. He will always pick us up again.


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