Psalms 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
In one of my previous posts, I talked about how God has a plan for you. From the very beginning of time, God has had an assignment for your life. One of the great things is that he doesn’t hide it from us. In fact, many times when we get a word from God, we immediately move to make it happen. Unfortunately we end up doing it in our own strength and end up out of sync with God.
The bible talks about the steps of a good man (a righteous man) having his steps ordered by God. In other words, the man who would be in right-standing (righteousness) with God is following the steps and timing of God. I like how the Message Bible puts it… “Stalwart walks in step with God; his path blazed by God, he’s happy” (emphasis mine). When God reveals His plan for us, it is important to walk in step with Him and not get ahead of Him.
It would be great if we could move from the place where God gives us His plan/vision and move directly to the fulfillment. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way naturally or spiritually. It would be wonderful if, when I decide to drive back home to Chicago to visit that I would instantly arrive there. I would love to avoid the 10-hour drive, the smelly rest stops, the boring/flat landscape and the inevitable construction detours and delays. It would be great, but there is a process and a journey that I have to take to get there. Likewise, there is a process and a journey to get where God has designed for us to be.
To make it even clearer, do you remember as a kid doing a “connect the dots” puzzle? Often times, you could look at the outline of the puzzle and you knew what it could possibly end up being. You can look at the placement of the dots and make a wise guess as to what the completed image will look like. But until you connect the dots, the image is not complete.
However, it is not just enough to connect random dots to each other. Most of these puzzles have dots in either alphabetical or numerical order. Just going straight from A to Z, does not complete the image if you have missed B, C, D, etc. To make the image complete, you have to connect the dots in the order that they are given. To do otherwise is to leave you with either an incomplete image or utter chaos.
This is often what we do when we get a vision and a plan from God. For example, one is feeling God calling them to preaching/teaching ministry and immediately go print business cards calling themselves Super Queen Apostle-elect. Or maybe God has shown them a business and they go in the next day and quit their job to start this business. Sorry, it doesn’t work that way. You must follow the steps that God is ordering for your life.
Can I take it a step further? Some “connect the dot” puzzles are basic and some are elaborate. Some puzzles have 10-15 steps while others have 30-40. Some of us have God-ordered steps that bring us to His destination quickly while others have an extended period of time before we reach it. Don’t look at someone else’s “puzzle” and try to work your puzzle based on their’s. Your steps are ordered for you, not anyone else. Likewise, the steps you see others taking are meant for them and not for you. Don’t try and mimic the life God designed for someone else.
Get the plan of God for your life and connect the dots.