His Steps Not Ours
(#085 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
My desire is that you pray this prayer to Me. “O Yahweh, I know that the way of man is not his own; it is not man who walks, directing his own steps. O Yahweh, correct me, but with justice; not in Your anger, or You would bring me to nothing.” (Jeremiah10:23-24)
A man does not direct his own steps. This is another unchangeable pattern that must be recognized. And as with all scriptural patterns, adherence to them is crucial for you to prosper in My ways. This pattern will be fulfilled, regardless of your participation or input. You see My child, I Am all things good and I keep My word. My children will be filled with joy. My children will be fruit-bearing and productive. When I told you I had plans to prosper you, did I inquire of you before establishing them (Jeremiah 29:11-14)? Are they My plans or yours? My plans are more than you can ask, think, or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). My plans are why you were created. My plans are the only place you will find your true purpose in life. It can be no other way. Brace yourself! Get revelation! It can be no other way.
Yes, there is a practical side and you must participate. You will either participate or I will finish My work without your participation. You will eventually get involved, either voluntarily, or with My persuasion. My chastening serves this function quite well.
What is your part? Relinquish everything to Me: every hope, every fear, every dream, every anxiety, and every desire. Relinquish everything! Listen to Me. When you hand Me everything, we automatically move forward. Do you understand? The handing over is the fulfillment of your part of this unchanging pattern. If you have a hope, release it to Me. I then can make it better than you had hoped. When you try yourself it will never be good enough. You cannot compete with the goodness I have predestined for your life. Yes, it is the act of “handing over” that fulfills your obligation. If you don’t, I will take it anyway, and that process is always more painful.
Yes, I Am He who is just and I demand your attention. I Am He whom you must revere with an awe and admiration. Bring everything to Me and then you will see the goodness I have planned for you, a goodness that is more. Yes, what I offer is more!