Does not life often feel as if the captain of the ship has died and you are the one left at the helm, a helm untrained, a helm that is being beaten down and tossed by turbulent waves, being left to pilot a storm battered vessel with no direction of true north. At least for me, I know that it does sometimes feel exactly like this. However, the “Captain of our salvation” (Heb. 2:10) has not abandoned us nor left us without a rock-solid true-pointing compass.

Consider all that is going on in the world on a global and public scene, and then compound your own personal trials and afflictions, and it seems overwhelming. However, if we are truly seeking after the King Himself, and longing to live in Him, for Him and in real honor to Him, seeking to “delight in His way”, we have the most hope.

Consider Psalm 37:23-34,

23 The steps of a man are established by the Lord,
    when he delights in his way;
24 though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,
    for the Lord upholds his hand.

25 I have been young, and now am old,
    yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
    or his children begging for bread.
26 He is ever lending generously,
    and his children become a blessing.

27 Turn away from evil and do good;
    so shall you dwell forever.
28 For the Lord loves justice;
    he will not forsake his saints.
They are preserved forever,
    but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
29 The righteous shall inherit the land
    and dwell upon it forever.

30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
    and his tongue speaks justice.
31 The law of his God is in his heart;
    his steps do not slip.

32 The wicked watches for the righteous
    and seeks to put him to death.
33 The Lord will not abandon him to his power
    or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial.

34 Wait for the Lord and keep his way,
    and he will exalt you to inherit the land;
    you will look on when the wicked are cut off.

Does this mean we can take “ease in Zion” and simply let the Lord work while we enjoy the spoils of life? No. Does this mean we will have a worry-free life? No. Does this mean we do not have to work as unto our ability? No. Does this mean we will not have toils and tribulations, pains and pressures, injury and scars? No. What it does mean is that during the midst of these things, we have One to whom we can trust, walking with Him, empowered by Him and with wisdom and discernment as where to tread our foot.

Read and ponder, pray and take deeply.

Respond and take the helm.

Delight yourself in the way of the Lord, and then put to your mind, He does, and will continue, to provide. Yet, may we consider our way and be forever convicted and convinced by His Spirit should our foot veer off the narrow path.

Amen.


Below are a couple of my books that might be of a providential help. The downloads are FREE or can purchase on Amazon.

Stay in the Boat: When Perception Begs Our Abandonment

One Man’s Walk With God: Preparing for Trials and Fears

Reflecting on Twenty Years: Plowing Into Eternity

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