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One Step at a Time

For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Cor. 5:7 (NKJV)

As believers in Jesus Christ we have all found ourselves at a “Y” in the road at times when making decisions—wondering which way we should go. We seek the Lord in prayer and ask, “Lord, what is Your will for me in this decision?” It can be when choosing a job, a relationship, where to live, or just about any number of important decisions. 

We may not hear an audible voice, but we do have the Holy Spirit to guide us.  And ultimately any decision we make should always coincide with His will, as outlined in His Word.  I believe there can be times where we try to limit the direction God wants us to go by only giving Him a couple of options to choose from when seeking His will— saying,” Should I go left, or right?”  It could very well be He has another option for us to go forward on the same path, despite our wanting to go either left or right.

When we have made “our” mind up to change directions in life, I personally think continuing to go forward down the same path has got to be one of the hardest things for us to do—especially when the path is difficult or full of uncertainties.  We tend to want to know what lies ahead before taking the next step.  And to be totally truthful, many of us want to know every detail of the plan before we cast our lot to move on.  But this is not how God works, and it is certainly not going to strengthen our faith either. 

We can see a story in the book of Acts that sums up how God works His plan one step at a time.   Philip was contacted by an Angel of the Lord and told, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”   We can see Philip was not told how far to go, nor was he told why he was going—he was simply told to, “Go.”  We can see Philip’s response and also what happened next in Acts 8:27-30.

So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.” So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” Acts 8:27-30 (NKJV)

So, once Philip was obedient, God then gave him the next piece of the puzzle.  And again, we can see Philip being obedient and continuing to walk in faith.  Eventually Philip could see the picture clearly and he knew what God’s will was. 

It is the same with us today as it was for Philip.  We will be led one step at a time and must be faithful to keep walking, even when we don’t know everything we feel we need to know. We must be faithful to do what we know to be right according to His Word in every situation, while praying continuously. As we learn to trust God in His leading, and in the revealing of His will, we will become more obedient in simply walking in faith.  We will find as we do this, He will continue to reveal more of His plan.  Before long, what was once a dark unknown path will be made bright and clear.

But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. Proverbs 4:18 (NKJV)

Let’s choose to be faithful to keep walking, because this is when God can reveal His power and blessing in our life.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the scriptures in this devotional about God making our path clear?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you seeking God in prayer about every decision you are making?  Are your decisions in line with His written word?

APPLICATION: Let’s pray continuously to seek God’s will for our decisions.  Let’s ask Him for a peace about the decisions we are contemplating.  If you have a peace, then take the next step.

Father, thank You for giving us the faith to believe in You.  Thank You for guiding us and directing our steps.  Help us to make the proper decisions and to have a peace about going forward, if it is Your will for us to move forward.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott




Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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