Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. Psalm 119:133
I can recall an Elder in our church, who is in his 80s, telling his story of how he learned to count. It was in Genesis 1, where he learned to count from 1-7 based on the days of Creation. Because of his faith and desire to serve God, as he studied the Bible, the Holy Spirit taught him that the numbers in front of the verses were the counting system. This is truly a miraculous testimony of what God will do for us when we willingly and wholeheartedly give ourselves to him.
As I recall his story, my eyes are filled with tears of joy because there is nothing that God will withhold from us when we commit to serve Him. And that is the key to opening the door for Divine intervention to enter our lives. If we say yes, God will give us a spiritual upgrade. Our relationship with Him will deepen, and His perfect peace will permeate our souls like a cool breeze on a hot and humid day. It is possible to receive the best that God gifts to humanity if we just give in and give up our self-determination.
King David, who wrote the Psalms, finally came to a conclusion in his aged years that he needed God to take over and order his steps — to provide peace and the direction that would prevent sin from overtaking him.
New International Version
Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
New Living Translation
Guide my steps by your word, so I will not be overcome by evil.
English Standard Version
Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me.
Berean Study Bible
Order my steps in Your word; let no sin rule over me.
New American Standard Bible
Establish my footsteps in Your word, And do not let any iniquity have dominion over me.
There is no bridge between the humility of obedience and the sin of disobedience. The sisters of Doubt, Disobedience, and Disorder work as a team to destroy our desire to entirely rely on God. We do not have to be our own worst enemies. Acknowledging that we can never provide the peaceful and productive lives that God can give us releases us from the imprisonment of self-reliance. When we make the decision, we must stand firm and live a life of no compromise.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Dedication to God is the only way to enjoy a peaceful life in a world filled with total chaos. Serving God impacts every aspect of our existence. Can you imagine a life free of no worries? Just ask those of us who threw in the towel of self-reliance, we are sleeping like newborn babies.
Bible Reading: Psalm 119:129-144
Prayer: God, we ask you to direct, guide, keep steady, and order our steps. From this moment forward, we place our lives in your hands. We want to do your will. Please forgive us for the sin of self-reliance. We ask these things in the Worthy Name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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