The rain is gone, the sun is out but what is this new day all about? I make my first move as I step out of bed, my feet obey but they don’t agree with my head. I question myself and I begin to reason. Lord how long will these steps produce life… is there truly a reason? Do I listen with my heart or listen to your Word? My emotions cloud my mind and I am not heard. So I ask myself where my steps bring me today:
- Are my steps empty or do they direct me to a path of His righteousness?
- Are my steps a straight line projecting me forward in Him or to sin?
- Do these steps form a circle only to repeat the same task over again?
- Do they form a period where I find myself at pause waiting for something to change?
God your word is a light unto my path so what happens when my feelings and emotions get in the way? As a woman of God, I command my flesh to listen and I turn to your Word. “God are my steps important to You?”
Follow in Christ steps
I Peter 2:21, “For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.”
The North Gate to the Tabernacle – seven steps
Ezekiel 40:22, “Its windows and its porches and its palm tree ornaments had the same measurements as the gate which faced toward the east; and it was reached by seven steps, and its porch was in front of them.”
Solomon’s Riches – six steps to the throne
I King 10: 18-20… “Moreover, the king made a great throne of ivory and overlaid it with refined gold. There were six steps to the throne and a round top to the throne at its rear, and arms on each side of the seat, and two lions standing beside the arms. Twelve lions were standing there on the six steps on the one side and on the other; nothing like it was made for any other kingdom.…”
Gates in the Inner Court – eight steps
Ezekiel 40:34, “Its porches were toward the outer court; and palm tree ornaments were on its side pillars, on each side, and its stairway had eight steps.
Walking a straight line can lead you to immorality. Your steps may require a turn.
Proverbs 5:3-6, “But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death, Her steps take hold of Sheol. She does not ponder the path of life; Her ways are unstable, she does not know it.…”
The Lord will make firm your steps as you delight in Him.
Firm – secure, stable, fixed, steady, strong, safe, well-founded)
Psalm 37:23, “The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him;”
Steps are directed
Proverbs 20:24, “A man’s steps are directed by the LORD; how then can anyone understand his own way?”
Proverbs 16:8-9, “Better is a little with righteousness than great income with injustice. The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.”
The Lord knows your steps before you make them. He is interested in You.
Psalm 139: 2-4, “You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, and are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all.…”
The Word tells me steps can be specific in nature. Following Christ’s steps, even if it means suffering, teaches me obedience and to walk in His righteousness. The number of steps can produce life or death, they are never empty. Walking a straight line may lead me to destruction and I will need to know when to make decisions to turn. At times I may seem to walk in a circle but as I delight in God, He will direct my path. He knows my coming and going. Pausing and waiting upon the Lord leads me to this understanding today but I cannot stay here. I must now take on the day and ask God to order it.
There are so many passages referencing steps but these were just a few. It is clear that steps are important. They direct me to mountain tops from the valleys down below. It leads me out of storms and brings me to green pastures. When I cannot see I will turn to your Word. I will place my trust in the Holy Spirit who will direct my path.
Thank you God for answering my prayer today. Steps really do matter.