I woke up rather early this morning. It was partly the baby’s fault–he was hungry–sometimes he doesn’t sleep till 6:00 like the schedule says he’s supposed to. But I had asked the Lord to wake me up when it was time for me to be awake, and so I didn’t complain about the hour (though I didn’t get up, either, since Ralfie was in bed with me, and therefore it was easy to just nurse him there).
But since I was awake in the dark, I began to talk to the Lord. I sensed He wanted to give me a Bible study. This is where memorizing scripture is so handy! Even verses I haven’t made a specific effort to memorize sometimes come to mind.
This morning the first verse that came to mind was one of those verses I had heard several times, but I couldn’t remember it exactly. I did, however, remember the idea behind the verse.
A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps. Proverbs 16:9
I pondered how we make our own plans, but the Lord is the One guiding overall. But then I wondered, as I had in the past, where to draw the line between making our own plans and letting God direct where we should go. Then another set of verses came to mind:
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. Psalm 32:8
Suddenly it made sense. God directs, instructs, teaches us which way to go. But He doesn’t tell us which pair of socks to wear in the morning. We are not like a horse or a mule which have no understanding, who have to be told every step to take. God allows us to use the teaching and instruction in His word to help us make wise decisions, but He doesn’t tell us every step to take. He gives us principles to apply, and guidance as needed. For He said,
Thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21
We may not hear God’s voice every second of our day. As we rise, exercise, eat breakfast, etc, we may be doing what is right, and that is fine. But then we are tempted to overeat–turn to the right or left–and God prompts us to keep going in the narrow way.
Lord, please direct my steps today. Prompt me when I am tempted to take a wrong path. Give me wisdom. Thank You for your guidance. In Jesus name, Amen.