One Step At A Time

Jeremiah 29:11 says…For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

God has a wonderful future and hope for each one of us.  You may not know what that is at the moment, and that’s ok, but you can be confident that God has great plans for you.  The important thing is to be open to what God is saying to you, be ready to listen, and then say yes to Him once those plans become known.

We learn from the Scriptures that God has a plan for our lives, that it includes every detail of our daily lives. Why is it, then, that so many of us have so many questions about God’s will? Why do we find it difficult to discern God’s will and why do we lack the assurance that we are in his will?

This is a very common topic of conversation.  I have come to the conclusion that some people may not have discovered God’s plan for their lives yet because they are looking for the wrong thing. They may be expecting God to show them his overall master-plan and blueprint for their whole life rather than understanding that He may just be trying to show them the next jigsaw piece to put into place. They may be looking for a country-wide road map when God simply wants to tell them which turn to take next.

I believe that if we are so focused on seeing the whole picture, then we are likely to overlook the next small detail of direction that God is trying to give us.  A lot of the time, God only wants us to take one step at a time.

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. (Psalm 37:23)

God leads us one step at a time. It is no accident that the Psalmist used the word steps when he revealed the existence of God’s plan for our lives. While God has the whole journey mapped out ahead of time, he perceives the journey as a successive series of small steps, and that is the way he makes it known to us.

When we seek God’s help in solving our problems, or His will for our lives, we may hope that He will answer our prayers decisively, immediately, and completely.  Sometimes He may give us these instant results. But often He answers our prayers one step at a time. Through preparation, process and often with a long-term perspective.

Today, when you seek God in prayer, remember that He is concerned with more than just your immediate needs. He is doing a good work in you. He is helping you grow and mature. He wants to correct our mistakes and prepare us for greater blessing - He may well answer your prayers one step at a time.

Ps. Adrian

Adrian Olney