Proverbs 20: 24 (NLT)
“The Lord directs our steps,
so why try to understand everything along the way?”
“Trying to understand everything along the way” – that’s me. I wouldn’t be surprised if you admitted that might be you as well. In our science and technology oriented world, understanding why things happen and how they happen are valued greatly. And we’ve made huge strides in the 21st Century in those areas. I for one encourage all those science and math guys to keep right on going. My husband had 13 years added to his life after having a liver transplant. What an amazing medical feat!
But where that verse really hits me is my tendency to want to know why and how for all my daily events. When I get right down to it, I question God a lot. I think I have good plans and ideas for my life, and it’s frustrating when they don’t happen. So I look at that verse and say, “Audrey, do you believe what it says, or not?” That’s when I have to stop and confess. I do believe God directs my steps, so I need to calm down and leave whatever in His hands.
One advantage I do have is that I’ve lived long enough to see God take the most unwanted things and turn them into something valued. As a young mom whose husband disappeared into his job, I forged friendships in our neighbourhood that were so supportive and also gave me an opportunity to share my faith. I’ve mentioned before the job working in alternative education that I was sure would be dreadful, but turned out to be the best job of my life. My husband’s serious health issues over the years made me learn to trust God so much more than before. Even my husband’s death two years ago gave me the time to write these devotions.
But I’m not perfect, and I still have a tendency to want to “understand everything along the way”. So if you have been reading this and thinking. “Yeah right. I don’t trust God much. Nice that you do” – that is a normal reaction. But it is something we all need to think about and recommit to daily – letting God direct our paths and trusting what He does.
Our song for today is Way Maker by Bethel Music