Do you ever fear that your past mistakes or shortcomings will prohibit you from receiving an answer to your prayers? Do you hold a false belief that you are unworthy or undeserving of God’s promises to his children? Friend, if either of these lies holds space in your head, let me give you a giant dose of truth: God is a merciful Heavenly Father, who is abounding in grace and has good things in store for those whose hearts belong to Him.
The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand. (Psalm 37:23-24 NLT)
My past does not dictate my future
Whenever these negative or critical thoughts try to invade your mind and steal your joy, go to God’s Word and see what He says about the issue or concern at hand. There is historical evidence throughout the Bible that proves God does not allow a person’s failure to define them or disqualify them as useful in furthering His kingdom. God doesn’t expect perfection from us. As our creator, He knows how weak we are; He remembers that we are only dust. (Psalm 103:14)
God is most concerned with the attitude of our hearts. (Proverbs 4:23) The person in whom God delights is one who:
• follows God
• trusts God, and
• tries to do God’s will
We all have weak places, fault lines in our lives. These places of instability are the very places the enemy searches for when He is looking for prey. (1 Peter 5:8) If we allow Him, God will expose and confront the cracks in our character and fill the gaps with the safety of His love. (Luke 7:47) It is through the whispering of His Spirit in our hearts that He alerts us to danger and exposes the fallibility of our self-efforts.
The key to receiving God’s blessings is to live a life governed by His Truth.
If we would like to have God direct our way, then we must seek His advice before we step out. As with any relationship, a personal relationship with God develops over time. The depth of the relationship is dependent upon the amount of time and effort we invest getting to know God and understand His character. It is our faith in Christ as our Messiah and our love for the Son of God that, despite our obvious shortcomings, we have great potential to be used by God. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
God will direct the steps of a righteous person
In preparing for this blog post, I read the following in a commentary by Matthew Henry:
God will direct and dispose of our actions and affairs so as may be most for his glory (v. 23): The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. By his grace and Holy Spirit he directs the thoughts, affections, and designs of good men. He has all hearts in his hand, but theirs by their own consent. By his providence he overrules the events that concern them, so as to make their way plain before them, both what they should do and what they may expect. Observe, God orders the steps of a good man; not only his way in general, by his written word, but his particular steps, by the whispers of conscience, saying, This is the way, walk in it. He does not always show him his way at a distance, but leads him step by step, as children are led, and so keeps him in a continual dependence upon his guidance; and this,
1) Because he delights in his way, and is well pleased with the paths of righteousness wherein he walks. The Lord knows the way of the righteous (Ps. 1:6), knows it with favour, and therefore directs it.
2) That he may delight in his way. Because God orders his way according to his own will, therefore he delights in it; for, as he loves his own image upon us, so he is well pleased with what we do under his guidance.
That God will keep us from being ruined by our falls either into sin or into trouble (v. 24): Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down.
1) A good man may be overtaken in a fault, but the grace of God shall recover him to repentance, so that he shall not be utterly cast down. Though he may, for a time, lose the joys of God’s salvation, yet they shall be restored to him; for God shall uphold him with his hand, uphold him with his free Spirit. The root shall be kept alive, though the leaf wither; and there will come a spring after the winter.
2) A good man may be in distress, his affairs embarrassed, his spirits sunk, but he shall not be utterly cast down; God will be the strength of his heart when his flesh and heart fail, and will uphold him with his comforts, so that the spirit he has made shall not fail before him.
Friends, take heart in the fact that God sees beyond our past mistakes, the mistakes we are going to make today or our failures of tomorrow. God wants us to come to Him, cry out to Him and ask Him to come to our rescue in the big things as well as the small things in life. When we trust in His power, rely on His promises and surrender to Him, we can know in our hearts that although we are a work in progress, we are growing to become more like Jesus each and every day!
Sending peace, love, and happiness to all!
The content topic for November is thankfulness and gratitude. If you missed any of the previous posts you may read them by clicking the links below:
November Post 1: How God reveals His love and mercy in the winds of change