Often times we love to quote, “The steps of the righteous man are ordered by the Lord.”1 However, when we pass through tough times we fail to realize that our steps are still ordered and we are still part of God’s awesome plan. As thoughts of defeat and disappointment flash through our minds, we tend to conclude that our future is going to be a clone of our present circumstance. We feel like God is through with us. This feeling often blinds us to the realities of life, driving us to make permanent decisions based on temporary situations. But even in the worst situations, God assures us that our steps are ordered and He guides us into His divine will.
Consider the popular story of Joseph2. God gave him a dream of greatness at the age of 17, but he had to go through an unconventional path to get to the palace. Nevertheless, on his way to the pit, his steps were still ordered. When he was falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife, his steps were still ordered. When he was dumped in the prison, his steps were still ordered. When the Chief Butler forgot him in prison immediately after his release, his steps were still ordered.
Folks, no matter what you are going through today never forget that your steps are still ordered and God will lead you to a place of peace, purpose and plenty.
I love what God says, “I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out-plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”3 God is a master strategist. Whatever we go through is not a surprise to Him; it’s part of the puzzle in His big picture. If He permitted it then, it has a purpose; maybe not now, but in the future when it all comes together. He knows how to use the things that were meant to upset us, to set us up. God preserved you for a divine reason and He will give you the future you hope for.
1 Psalm 37:23
2 Genesis 37
3 Jer. 29:11, MSG