The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD and he delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholds him with his hand. Psalm 37:23-24
This scripture was the basis for a sermon given by Pastor Jack Graham on July 18, 2010. The following are notes taken from it. He went on to say the title could be said as an exclamation or as a question; “Gods will – my way!” or “Gods will – my way?” Can God have a plan and a will for my life?
Yes! Absolutely! God has a way, has a will for you.
Scripture after scripture tells us he will. He not only loves us but will lead us and never let us go. We are in his grip. In this journey in life we are often distracted by detour and dead ends and yet God is absolutely in control of the circumstances. His will is accomplished in us. God is, according to these verses, orchestrating our lives and even ordaining our steps. The person He is describing is a Christ follower. If you are a follower of Jesus, He has promised His plan will unfold in your life.
Even though he fall
When our steps turn into missteps, when we find ourselves in a ditch, and we will, there is a probability here that God foresees. “Though he fall” could be translated to say “when he falls”. This is not just a possibility, this is a high probability, that there will be stumbles, choices and decisions that take us off the pathway! So, then, what? Could God still restore you, use you, bless you?
So many feel they have so messed up their lives, they are even ashamed to sit in church, thinking ‘you don’t belong’ or shouldn’t be here’ because somehow you are in the penalty box forever. Jesus said you are in the Fathers hand and no one will snatch you out. Some people talk about ‘falling out of grace’ but over and over again the Bible shows us people ‘falling into grace’.
He will not be utterly cast down
We will not fall face first. We’re not going to do a face plant in life and be like that old commercial, ‘I’ve fallen and I can’t get up’. In Philippians 1:6 it says that “he which began a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ”. God is never going to give up on you. He didn’t quit at the cross and he’s not going to quit on you now.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord
Think for a moment what confidence that builds in your life; that you cannot take a step but that it is orchestrated and ordained by God. You don’t always have to understand it or agree with it but just know that God is faithful and God is in control.
The example of Moses
At the time Moses was born all Hebrew babies were to be killed, so his parents hid him in a basket on the river. He was found and delivered from the bulrushes by Pharaoh’s daughter, raised in the house of Pharaoh, who was the most powerful man on earth, highly educated, trained by the Egyptians, a prince. Yet, at the age of 40 he determined that he belonged with his people, the children of Israel and he did something wrong. Thinking he was doing the right thing, he did the wrong thing at the wrong time and ended up killing an Egyptian, running for his life into the desert, spending the next 40 years of his life in a barren land. It was over for Moses, apparently. He was a ‘real nowhere man living in a nowhere land’.
He may have imagined for a time that he could go back and start over…but day after day he’s living there, he becomes a shepherd, gets married, settles down, has a family, he figures “I’m just destined for the desert for the rest of my life. I guess it’s plan B or plan C or plan D for me.”
But one day, a day that looked like any other, as he was herding the sheep in the desert he sees a bush burning and burning and burning but not burning up. He goes over to see what was going on and there, from that bush, was the voice of God: “Moses, Moses take your sandals off, this is holy ground.” “Holy ground? This sand!” This desert had now become a sanctuary with the Presence of God and out of that burning bush comes the call of God and a refueling of his life.
And this burned out, wasted believer is restored, refueled and re-fired. God, through Moses, even after making all kinds of excuses, raised him up and sent him back to Egypt to become the great deliverer and statesman. No, God was not finished with Moses. And if you are a burned out believer, God’s not finished with you.
If you want to get in on Gods way and will for your life what you have to do is come to the place of surrender in your life. To say “Lord, not my will but your will be done. Lord Jesus, your way, anytime, anyplace, any cost. My life is yours, I’m tired of running the controls of my life and I take hands off to give you myself, unconditionally. I give you the circumstances. I give you my children. I give you my future.”
As we present ourselves a “living sacrifice” to God. (Romans 12:1) our minds are renewed and we begin to know and do the will of God.
The BIG question is: are you willing to surrender your life? Are you willing to trust and obey him, one step at a time? The will of God is not so much what am I going to do 10 years from now or 5 years from now but what am I going to do in the will of God, today, the next step in my life?
Success is the ‘progressive realization of the will of God in my life’.
You can catch Pastor Jack Graham’s sermons on satellite TV on Sunday mornings, channel #263 at 8am. His program is entitled “Power Point Ministries”. His website is www.jackgraham.org