The past couple of days have been spent reminiscing. Today my thoughts turn to some encouragement I shared a couple of weeks ago with some ladies I was meeting.
A man’s steps are established by the Lord,
and He takes pleasure in his way.
Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed,
because the Lord holds his hand.
I have been young and now I am old,
yet I have not seen the righteous abandoned
or his children begging for bread.
He is always generous, always lending,
and his children are a blessing.
Turn away from evil and do what is good,
and dwell there forever.
For the Lord loves justice
and will not abandon His faithful ones.
They are kept safe forever,
but the children of the wicked will be destroyed.
The righteous will inherit the land
and dwell in it permanently.
The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom;
his tongue speaks what is just.
The instruction of his God is in his heart;
his steps do not falter.
The wicked one lies in wait for the righteous
and seeks to kill him;
the Lord will not leave him
in the power of the wicked one
or allow him to be condemned when he is judged.
Wait for the Lord and keep His way,
and He will exalt you to inherit the land.
You will watch when the wicked are destroyed.
Each of our steps is established by the Lord. He is the one guiding us. But even with God guiding us, we sometimes fall because of our own choices or the fact we live in a sinful world. Whatever the case, God’s word tells us not to be overwhelmed because He holds our hand! What encouragement!! This world has a lot to be overwhelmed about and when we fall it is so easy to become discouraged or feel like there is no way God will forgive us. That is simply not true.
God’s word tells us that His children have never been abandoned or gone without provision. I am reminded of the story of George Mueller, a Christian missionary evangelist and a coordinator of orphanages in Bristol, England. Listen to how God provides for His children:
One morning, all the plates and cups and bowls on the table were empty. There was no food in the larder and no money to buy food. The children were standing, waiting for their morning meal, when Müller said, “Children, you know we must be in time for school.” Then lifting up his hands he prayed, “Dear Father, we thank Thee for what Thou art going to give us to eat.”
There was a knock at the door. The baker stood there, and said, “Mr. Müller, I couldn’t sleep last night. Somehow I felt you didn’t have bread for breakfast, and the Lord wanted me to send you some. So I got up at 2 a.m. and baked some fresh bread, and have brought it.”
Mr. Müller thanked the baker, and no sooner had he left, when there was a second knock at the door. It was the milkman. He announced that his milk cart had broken down right in front of the orphanage, and he would like to give the children his cans of fresh milk so he could empty his wagon and repair it.*
Finally, reminded that the Lord establishes our steps, provides and never abandons us, the Psalmist encourages the righteous to live out their faith. As children of God, we are to speak wisdom and justice. God’s word should be in our hearts so that we don’t falter. We live out our faith and show our love and gratitude to the Father by waiting and keeping His way.
Be held today as you step out in faith and walk in grace,