Oh, that my steps might be steady, keeping to the course you set;
Steady steps. That's all that is required to stay on course, but sometimes even that is difficult. I'm thinking about different kinds of trails. First there is the easy paved paths that are set out before you with brightly marked signs. These are usually walkways filled with beautiful scenery to look at as you stroll along the marked trail. Then there is the "off road" rugged terrain that requires a sure foot and a set of strong legs to climb up and over stones and navigate down slippery slopes. This course requires a concentrated effort on our behalf. This path is exhausting, but when we get to the end of it, we celebrate our accomplishment with a sense of pride and completion that is not experienced on the "easy road."
What course do you find yourself on tonight? Is life cruising along without any extra effort on your part, or are you struggling just to stay upright and maintain any step at all? I find myself increasingly holding onto His Word for direction and confidence. Without His instruction and clear leading, I would most certainly be wandering around lost and tripping over my own two feet. In Acts, Paul reminds us of the words of David who describes his path this way:
Acts 2:28 (NIV)~You (Lord) have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence. (Parenthesis mine.)
Help us to keep a sure foot walking in the direction that You have mapped out before us. You know us better than we know ourselves. Tonight, give us the confidence to walk on the paths of life that You have carved out for us, so that we will experience the joy and reward of being in Your perfect will.
I am also asking for your protection and rescue of those who have been affected by the earthquake in Turkey. May You reach down and bring victims out alive from the rubble tonight. Provide, sustain, and heal as only You can do!
Thank you and praises to Your name,