“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21
I had the blessing of witnessing my son take his first steps at 11 month old. Those are some the most emotionally intense few seconds I’ve experienced as a parent as I watched him stagger and wobble, and clumsily put one foot in front of the other. He had no conscious thought of what he was doing and he didn’t realize that he had just accomplished a major milestone in his life.
We’re constantly making decisions from what we will eat for lunch, to decisions that will impact our lives 10 years from now. For believers our decision making in every aspect of our lives should involve God. Proverbs 3:5-6 instructs us to seek God’s guidance and direction. We often hear someone in the process of making decision say “I’m praying about it”, or perhaps we have given out that advice to someone telling them to pray about their next move. All this is well because we want God’s best for our lives, and we desire his favor and blessings. Moses had learned the hard way the consequences of acting on his own will without God, so that he was now able to tell God “If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here.” Exodus 33:15.
Through regeneration we have entered into God’s family, and through sanctification, we have been set apart for His sacred purpose as His vessels of honor. Our desires, our ways, and the purpose of our lives now belong to God. Walking with God according to His will entails a day by day process of taking small, and even big steps. Like a child learning to walk, our steps will sometimes be awkward and unsteady. But even when we will our lose balance, or misstep, our Father is attentively watching, ensuring our safety, redirecting us, but most of all, cheering us and rejoicing over the triumphant accomplishments we’re not even conscious of. Don’t worry about making a perfect step, just step.