Monday was a complete disaster—or so I thought. Nothing went as planned. I had completed my “to-do” list. I had schedule appointments and blocked time for writing, hitting the gym and shopping for dinner.
Sleep came fast Sunday night. It’s probably because I had written down everything on my mind that I needed to do. Then, around 2:30 in the morning I awoke. Usually, when this happens I get a drink of water, make a bathroom stop and head back to bed where I fall right to sleep. Not this night. I stayed wide-awake from 2:45 until 6:00 in the morning.
With each passing hour that I didn’t sleep, I became more anxious. The things I needed to accomplish the next day felt urgent. This frustrated me because I knew without sleep my day would be ruined.
I slept in the next morning due to lost sleep. I awoke upset and aggravated. I was way past urgent at this point. My anxiety was off the chart. Just when I was about to throw in the towel, this truth came to mind.
The Lord orders my steps. He is in control of today. Nothing can thwart his plans.
That truth brought immediate peace to my heart because I believed it to be true. God does order my steps. And at the end of the day no matter how urgent things seem God’s plans are the only plans that really matter.
In Psalms 133: 119: David asks God to, “Order my steps in your word.”
In this verse, David is asking God to guide him as he walks though life, dodging deadly pitfalls and learning to trust in God. He invites God to steer him in the right direction, to lay a clear path before him.
But it’s interesting how he puts it: ORDER my steps, he says.
How do we allow God to order our steps?
First of all, if we want the Lord to order our steps, you must have faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.”
Secondly, we must be in daily prayer. In Jeremiah 33:3, the LORD says, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
Thirdly if we want our steps ordered by the Lord, we must believe He will. Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and he delights in his way.”
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” Jeremiah 29:11.
I have no idea what pitfalls God allowed me to overstep on Monday. What I do know is He ordered my day. What I accomplished was on His list not mine. And I was at peace with that.
I’m learning to stop following the urgency in my life and follow God instead. When you and I allow God to order our steps, we experience peace, joy and power. Plus, an adventure we could have never planned or imagined.
What seems urgent in your life today?
Do you need to ask God to order your steps?