By JOEY DURHAM
I want you to know how much I appreciate you spending time today with our devotion to the Open Bible Baptist Church. It is a blessing that we do not take for granted. My devotion today is called “The Footsteps of a Good Man” and my text is Psalm 37: 23-24, where we read: “The footsteps of a good man are commanded by the Lord: and he takes pleasure in his way. he falls, he will not be completely thrown down, for the Lord sustains him with his hand. (KJV)
As Christians, our greatest desire should be to please our Lord and Savior. If this is truly our desire, then the life we lead will be much different in this world, and our text describes the person whose “steps” or “life” are good in the sight of the Lord.
First, the Christian whose life pleases the Lord will find that the direction of his life is ordained by the Lord, or in other words, God establishes and guides his life. It is so important for the child of God to know and do the perfect will of God for his life. God wants his children to know his will and do his will for their lives so that they can have the joy of the Lord that saturates every area of our journey. The Lord wants to guide and direct the day-to-day decisions we make through his Word, and if we allow him to do so, he will provide clear and perfect direction regarding how to live our life. Moreover, the Christian who truly desires to please his Savior will actually do so.
In doing so, God’s heart will be blessed as we literally hand over the reins of our lives in His capable hands. Many in religious circles today speak of “praise and worship,” but true praise and worship to God is living the life that the God of Heaven has provided for us.
Next, we find that those who choose to live their lives led by God are not immune to stumbling, but they refuse to be defeated. The Christian on the right path in life can indeed “fall” at times as we become discouraged because of the trials, persecutions and hardships that life can bring to anyone, but instead of staying down, we will rise up, dust ourselves off and continue to walk faithfully with our Lord.
Finally, we see that the steps of a “good man” depend on the strength of our Lord. Having our life supported by the hand of our Lord means that we will rely on God rather than our own understanding. Each day we will learn and live by the truth of Proverbs 3: 5-6, in which we are instructed: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and do not rely on your own intelligence. Recognize him in all your ways, and he will direct your paths. “(KJV)