23 The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”
Calm down? Calm down, Tory! Come on, its not this big of a deal. Your fears are irrational.
But what if I cannot do it?
What if this goes wrong?
What will they say?
But what if you, trust and obey, instead? I hate when I have mini panic attacks, especially at work. If a lot of you do not know, I am a high school English teacher. As much as I love my career, and how God has created me in every way, to fit this job and perform my best work; the road getting here was slippery and often fraught with danger and problems.
Anyone in education, knows this job is a high stress level environment. You’re confronting hormonal teenagers everyday, and sometimes, irate parents and micro managing administrators. So you can imagine, the hysteria I encounter each day, so it is very tempting, sometimes to throw in the towel and quit teaching.
A couple of my friends have retired from teaching, many of my cohorts I graduated Michigan State with, unfortunately did not make it to year 3.
Earthly advice tells: humanity to do our best not to worry and panic. To believe the responsibility falls squarely on your shoulders: To believe, I am capable and I can rely on the knowledge in my head, creating logical assumptions and solutions to problems.
Spiritual wisdom instructs me to do what I can and above all trust, and obey Gof.
My friends, I choose the later. I choose to deliberately “walk by faith, not by sight.” I do not know how my students will react when I reprimand them. I do not know who the parents are, their background, or how involved they are in their child’s life. However, not knowing all the factors is not a prerequisite to trusting the Lord.
If you notice none of God’s commands, in the Old and New Testament command us to know everything, and absorb all knowledge about life, our lives, and this world. On the contrary, scripture consistently gives appraisals about God’s wisdom. His wisdom surpasses everyone’s intelligence and it is by His wisdom and perfect judgment this world was established.
Furthermore, the Lord God reigns and He is with me. He is in my present. He is in my future. There is no journey, a Christian withers alone. This is why the Word of God encourages Christians to take every opportunity to add to our faith, to strengthen it. Faith is not feelings based. Faith is a product of belief. We believe even when we do not see, even when we do not feel.
Yes, we can get warm and fuzzy feelings, but they’re not always great indicators in relation to spiritual matters. One of the biggest lies Satan speaks to us is that we’re aloneas we face our trials. Untrue. God does not leave us alone. He is with us when we’re experiencing the heat of temptation to struggling to overcome sins.
What we must do is stand firm, resolved and strong in what He called us to do. I have to stand firm, especially in my profession. Psalms 37:23-24 says,”23 The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him;” God will make our steps, the way we walk firm. I do not have to rely on my limited power, my human weaknesses and frailties to anchor myself in the midst of hopelessness and discouragement. Instead, the Lord makes me firm, for there is no weakness in Him.
While we are strong sometime, God is strong all the time.
Isn’t that amazing? There is never a time when we have to worry if God will be able to carry us through. He is always available and eager to support His children committed to His holiness and bringing His will into fruition. This is a guarantee because God’s desire is to complete His will. Walking in the light (1 John 1:7), as Jesus is, assures us that the steps we walk are spiritually led.
And “24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”
Are we perfect? Absolutely not. Mistakes are as common as breathing. I say something regretful or go to bed late, but my mistakes, my past does not ruin me. My mistakes are too small compared to our Lord God. I will stumble. You will stumble. But Praise the Lord God, He is a good, wonderful, and merciful Father! Like a child learning how to walk, God will not let us good until, He knows we are ready.
Be Blessed, my friends!
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