Are Your Steps Ordered By the Lord? Psalm 37:23
July 25th, 2009 06:52 AM | by William Bell | Day of the Lord
One item that is important on the agenda of God is that of order. Countless examples in scripture demonstrate the order that God used in both creating and maintaining our world. Are your steps ordered by the Lord? Psalms 37:23. Reading the first chapter of Genesis, we can see an orderliness in the manner in which God proceeded from one creative act to the other.
When we think of the Exodus, Moses led over a 600,000 people out of Egypt, not counting women and children. They marched in orderly ranks. “So God led the people around by the way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt, (Exodus 13:18).
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In the New Testament, when Jesus makes arrangements to feed the five thousand, he orders that they all sit down. Their food is distributed by the apostles who are his servants. There is order. Paul, in the Corinthians letter, says let all things be done decently and in order.
To walk with God we must walk orderly. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, Psalms 37:23 Here are 4 steps that we can take to keep our lives ordered before God.
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First To Walk With God We Must Step Up.
A relationship with God requires service. A good man does not hesitate, but step up to serve. He serves his wife, his children or his extended family. He serves the community, on the job and in business. Yes, service is a step up. Jesus said he who is great among you, let him become your servant.
Secondly To Walk With God We Must Step Over.
Obstacles will always be placed in our way when we begin a good work. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he was tempted 40 days by Satan. Had he not been strong in the word of God he would have quit. Obstacles seem to remain in our way until we decide that we’re going forward in spite of them. So, we simply must step over them and keep going.
Thirdly, to Walk With God We Must Step With
This means we must learn how to cooperate with others to get our jobs done more effectively and efficiently. At one time Moses almost collapsed under the weight of all the problems he faced in leading the people from Egypt. Then, Jethro, his father in law observed his behavior, met with him and advised that he should delegate responsibilities to those who could handle lesser important details while he took on the major issues.
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Moses was leaving his team behind, leaving other leaders undeveloped because he was doing too much alone. Work with others by stepping with them to ensure they fulfill their roles in life. Remember, Aaron and Hur held up his arms and helped to defeat the Amelekites.
Christians are lights of influence for the world. We cannot hide our light under a basket. It must be placed where all can be directed and guided by it. Playing small doesn’t get us very far.
Facing Pharaoh was a monumental task, but Moses rose to the occasion. David fought his Goliath. Nehemiah stared down Sanballat and Tobias. Daniel faced his lions and Gideon his Mideonites, and Elijah faced his Ahab and Jezebel.
When God orders our steps, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. If God be for us, who can be against us? Are your steps ordered by the Lord?