Step by Step

Dr. David Jeremiah

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. –Psalm 119:105

Sometime that surprise toy, more than a few parents were up late going step by step through the instructions while putting together a child’s toy. The temptation is to look at the picture of the completed item and just “go for it”—which usually results in having to go back to step one and starting over. Instructions are there for a reason. The designers of the product know best how to proceed.

Step by step is the way the Christian life of faith works as well. Our temptation is to rush ahead and try to bring about the end result we think God wants. But God is interested in more than the final product; He wants to build our faith as well. When the Israelites were in the wilderness, God provided manna for them to eat—but only enough for a day at a time (Exodus 16). Jesus taught His disciples to pray for “daily bread”—a prayer that needs to be prayed daily (Matthew 6:11). And the psalmist says that God’s Word, like a lamp, shines enough light on our path to walk a few steps at a time (Psalm 119:105).

Let God, by His Spirit and His Word, guide you a step at a time on your path. He is not in a hurry and neither should we be. He wants to build faith as well as put together the end result.

God not only orders our steps; He orders our stops. —George Muller

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