Today’s exhortation 22/03/18
The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step] (Psalm 37:23 AMPC).
Beloved, I don’t know about you but since I started focusing on what God was up to in my life, our feature text has given me so much comfort because it helps me realise that like a good GPS (Global Positioning System) or Satellite navigation system, the Lord busies Himself with my every step. This means that even when I take the wrong step, He has a way of redirecting me back to where I should be and there’s just this peace that comes with it as well.
Can you imagine that instead of fretting too much that you have taken the wrong turn when driving, you just say to yourself that there could be a reason why I have come this way? “Lord show me the reason I am here”. Yes, for someone like me, I must admit that with a poor sense of direction, some bad turns may have been down to silly mistakes but even then, I can still say, “Lord show me the reason I’m here”.
Beloved, the point I’m trying to make is that no matter where you find yourself, it’s important you focus on the Lord who directs your steps. As a young boy, David was sent to take food to his brothers who were on the battlefield. Little did he know it was a trip to destiny. David arrived just in time to see how Goliath was terrorising the Israelite army. Now the king had offered a huge reward to anyone who can kill Goliath so out of curiosity, David asked the soldiers standing nearby what the reward was. But then the Bible says… Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, “WHY DID YOU COME DOWN HERE? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.” And David said, “What have I done now? IS THERE NOT A CAUSE?” (1 Samuel 17:28-29 NKJV)
WHY DID YOU COME DOWN HERE? I like how David answers back in the KJV and NKJV Bible translation IS THERE NOT A CAUSE? Oh Yes there is A CAUSE. It’s the plan that God has for you that directed you there.
Some other versions translate it to say… CAN’T I EVEN SPEAK?… WAS IT NOT A HARMLESS QUESTION? You would be surprised how offended some people around you can get when you start to take that all-important step… When you start to make those all-important enquiries but you know how David’s story ends. He ignored them, went for the price and his life was never the same.
Beloved, I’m not sure where you are right now but if the Lord truly busies Himself with your every step, one question is worth asking… IS THERE NOT A CAUSE?