He Orders Our Steps – For His Glory
- Date: December 14, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
- From God's Sovereign Goodness
We are looking at the sovereignty of God, the fact that the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and we're to delight in that. We're to delight in where Father has us at this time in our lives. One of the things that we have trouble looking at many times is do we qualify to be that good man? In Jesus, we do. That's the good news and so we are that good man as we are living in Him, abiding in Him, and His words are abiding in us. He said, "I'm going to orchestrate your steps in life. I'm going to order them for you." And the apostle then speaks by the Holy Spirit and says that we are then to realize that all steps He's taking us in, wherever our life has led us up to this moment, our steps have been ordered of the Lord, "…that all [of these] things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28). So we rejoice in that.
As we're talking, it's hard sometimes to see all these events in our lives as good, but if God calls them good, we call them good. We always want to be in agreement with God, and He says "I'm going to order your steps." In Psalm 115, verse 3, we see that our God abides in the heavens. He's ascended above all. We sing that song that was written by Jack Hayford, "Majesty, Worship His Majesty." We need to see Him in all of His majestic being. How awesome He is, wonderful, beyond any imagination; Creator of heaven and earth, all things were made by Him and for Him. So it's not about you. In so much of our life, it's just all about us. "How's this going to affect me? What about this? What about my children? What about my grandchildren? What about my job?" "…All things were created by him, and for him" (Colossians 1:16). You exist for one reason-not a good happy life-you exist for the glory of God. Sometimes He is glorified with your misery. Your misery works to His glory because "…all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Once that begins to be an active part of our lives, these circumstances are for the glory of God-not only the adverse things, but the good things. We always look at the adverse things so many times. The good things work together for God's glory also. And He wants us to be a blessed people. He wants us to enjoy life and partake of all things that He's provided for us. First of all, for the eternal. "According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness…" (1 Peter 1:3). And then He wants to bless us in the natural also, and we realize that He gives us all things, the Scripture says, to enjoy. Don't be afraid of enjoying yourself in life. Have fun, party hearty, when God's the source of it, because it's all by Him and it's all for Him. Your partying must be something that He can glory in; that's what makes it acceptable. As we look at all of these different aspects of the enjoyments that He's built for us as His creation, the aspects of the things that we have to endure for His name's sake that bring glory to Him, all of these things are orchestrated and ordered by Him, we saw.
In Proverbs 19, Verse 21 we see that it's the counsel of the Lord that stands. We devise our own ways. We have our own plans in life that we devise, the course of our lives, but the Scripture makes it very clear that "…it's the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand." We talked about the faith that is necessary to embrace that, to be able to say, "Not my will, but thine, be done" (Luke 22:42). To do away with that haughtiness that James speaks of that says, "Well, tomorrow I'm going to accomplish this and my five-year plan is…." And most of us here may have five-year plans, but let me give you this "moment" plan. "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take [care of the things that God has provided for that day]. "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof" (Matthew 6:34). So your five-year plan most likely will not work out. Everything that you've planned for the next five years is probably not going to happen that way. Did any of you plan trials, afflictions, all of the things that it takes for us to mature into the character of Jesus? Did you plan tribulations or failures into your five-year plan? Did any of you plan into this five-year plan that's ahead for you, defections of those that you love, betrayals? How many of you planned in all of your sin? See, we really don't know what this next five years has for us, do we, but you serve an infinite God who's already been through your next five years. God has already lived your next five years. I know, scratch your head, how does that work? You can't figure it out; but God is infinite. He's been there and He may tweak it just a little bit. We don't always like it-we say we do-but we don't always like it when God fine tunes our plans. We surrender our lives wholly to God, except this and that and this. And the wisdom of God and the Holy Spirit says to us in Proverbs 16, verse 9, "A man's heart [creates or invents] his way: but the LORD directeth His steps". He sets them right!