Over the course of our lives, there are plenty of opportunities that cross our paths, and many that can distract or take our eyes off of the Lord. I have never been 32 years old before so I don’t know what life was like to be a young family in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or even the 90’s but WOW life can be busy!! We can get consumed with keeping up with our neighbor’s buying, or rather, spending habits. We can get consumed with our kids playing ball. We can get consumed with hunting whatever varmint for which we have recently taken a great disdain. Or we can even get consumed with saving for retirement or the next big vacation spot…I hear Tahiti is really nice this time of year! We can get so consumed with these happenings that we lose sight of how life really works, or how our walk with the Lord takes place. We can become so convinced of seeking those items for ourselves that we lose track of our walk with the Lord and ultimately, whether sooner or later, we will falter and find, hopefully not too late, that we have indeed missed what we were looking for in the process.
The best part for you and I is that God’s Word speaks to this possibility. Frankly, God’s Word speaks very often about our ability to become distracted and lose sight of God’s Kingdom. Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, who also lost track of God’s Kingdom in his life, writes in Proverbs 4:10-12, “Hear, my son, and accept my sayings and the years of your life will be many. I have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths. When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; and if you run, you will not stumble.” What a promise from God’s Word for you and me to remember this year. The promise is eternal, that if you and I follow the Lord, He will lead us in His wisdom. Not in worldly wisdom, but in the wisdom that starts with the fear of the Lord, reverence for the fact that He is in control, NOT us. That passage speaks to ‘when’ we walk, our steps will not be impeded. That is to say that we may stand on the sideline and look down the path we think we are about to walk and try to figure out each step that we will take, but He doesn’t promise our steps will not be impeded then. He promises that WHEN we walk they won’t be impeded. The Lord did not tell us to figure it out, He just told us to follow hard after Him and that as we do that…as we walk our steps will NOT be impeded. Or as the NIV says, our steps will not be hampered.
Let 2017 be the year that our focus remains on the Lord and our relationship with Him. Let 2017 be the year that we are found unhampered in our steps because of our walk with Him, not because of our good planning. Let 2017 be the year that our lives are lived for God’s Kingdom and His glory!
That the whole world would know that He was God and there was NO ONE else!
Associate Pastor of Teaching and Minister of Collegiates