Watch Your Step
My husband’s childhood home covered at least eighty acres of prime farmland, pastures, a pond, and a creek running through the woods. We enjoyed taking our children there each week and weather permitting, going on hikes through the woods to the natural pool the creek fed. I say we enjoyed, but in truth, all but me fully enjoyed the excursion.
I was too busy looking behind logs, being careful not to step on a pile of leaves, and still keeping my eyes on the path before me. I ordered my steps carefully, because I feared the slithering creatures that hid under logs and leaves or ventured across my path. Ordering my own steps proved futile. It didn’t keep the snakes away or keep fear from my spirit.
In all of life, wisdom dictates us asking the Lord to—
“Order my steps in thy word:
and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.”
Psalm 119:133, KJV
It’s the only way to be productive and live without sin ruling our lives. When the Lord orders our steps, we will be living by his word and experience the fulness of joy on this excursion—no matter what comes our way.
- In Christ we find freedom from the power of sin over us.
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus
hath made me free
from the law of sin and death.”
- For we have been—
“delivered from the bondage of corruption
into the glorious liberty of the children of God …
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him,
If ye continue in my word,
then are ye my disciples indeed;
And ye shall know the truth,
and the truth shall make you free.”
Romans 8:2; 8:21; John 8: 31-31, KJV
- In Christ, the Lord God—
“He brought me up also out of an horrible pit,
out of the miry clay,
and set my foot upon a rock,
and established my goings …
Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation:
and thy right hand hath holden me up,
and thy gentleness hath made me great.
Thou hast enlarged(supported) my steps under me,
that my feet did not slip.”
Psalm 40:2; 18:35-36, KJV
There were times on my family’s hikes, I was so intent on watching out for creatures that I found myself mis-stepping and landing on the ground. There are times in life we forget or simply ignore the steps the Lord’s word leads us to follow. When we do, all hope is not lost.
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD:
and he delighteth in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:
for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand …
If we confess our sins,
he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Psalm 37: 23-24; 1 John 1:9, KJV
No, the Lord has taken us out of the pit of sin and set our footing on the rock—a rock that will not fail us even when we fail in allowing him to order our steps. We have a rock, a sure rock, a spiritual rock that followed Moses and the Israelites—
“and that Rock was Christ …
And Simon Peter answered and said,
Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God …
Jesus answered …
upon this rock I will build my church;
and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it …
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners,
but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;”
1 Corinthians 10:4c; Matthew 16:16, 18b; Ephesians 2: 19-20, KJV
- Jesus Christ is that rock that insures we will stand at the last days with him.
- He brought us out of the pit of sin.
- He set our feet on the solid rock of truth.
- He raises us up when we fall.
- He keeps us.
- He orders my steps in his word.
- He is worthy of praise.
“For who is God, save the LORD?
And who is a rock, save our God …
The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock;
and let the God of my salvation be exalted …
Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD,
among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.”
Psalm 18: 31, 46,49, KJV
I will ask God to order my steps in his word and be my strength so that sin does not rule over my heart. Who is ordering your steps?