Sitting with the Shepherd
O LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps. (Jeremiah 10:23 NKJV)
Ever since Adam chose to become independent of God in the Garden of Eden there has been a cosmic tug of war going on between mankind and God. The humanistic culture that we live in has decided that they don't want anyone telling them what to do with their lives, so they have continued in this independence much to their own detriment. But because we were given free will when we were created every human being alive has the option to choose independence from God or the natural order which is dependence on Him.
Jeremiah was a prophet, a man of God who could stand even in fierce opposition because he knew where and with whom he stood. He finally acknowledged his need for God when he stated boldly, "I know the way of man is not in himself." There was no shame or cowardice here, he was merely stating a fact. And because he was certain of his place in the universe, as well as God's place over him, he never wavered. Jeremiah was a real man because he served a real God.
In this day of competing loyalties, only one thing doesn't change. That is there is a God who loves us as only a Father can with all of our spots blemishes, and imperfections. And he is more than willing to direct our steps if we only permit Him to do so. And some of us have learned by experience that life will go much better when we do.
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. (Psalms 37:23-24 NLT)
Questions for Personal Reflection or Discussion
1. How have you experienced the futility of a life lived independently of God?
2. What do you see as the benefits of allowing God to direct your steps?
3. What is stopping you from fully surrendering to God's unwavering direction in your life?
My Father in heaven, my God, thank you for Your willingness to direct my steps. I confess that in times past I have not heeded Your direction in my life and acted independently to my own detriment. Give me the courage to come to a full surrender of my will that Your will may be accomplished in my life. I pray in the Name of Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen