God orders our steps.

In my post “Do not Be Afraid! It’s in Process!”, I mentioned my, well, I don’t want to say frustration, but my inability to sometimes appreciate the baby steps that God has allowed my prodigal son to take. Sometimes I grow impatient with the process, but with God, every step forward counts.

I’ve mentioned my mom before and the suddenly miracle that God performed with reconnecting her with my son. Now let’s watch how God moved with joining together he and my Dad.

The relationship with his grandson he was once so close with, even sometimes connecting more as father and son, has been strained and somewhat shattered due to Satan’s evil plan to bring division and separation within the family. Satan has attempted to try to isolate my son, and during those times of isolation have tried and tried to strip him of the plan that God has for his life.

But God!

I know that I tend to use that phrase a lot, but God! There is no other way to describe it. If it isn’t for God moving in certain area’s of our lives, change would not occur. When things have crumbled and fallen apart, our best resolution is to turn to the one who can do something about it.

My dad called me excited and overjoyed because he had reached out to my son and after months of not being able to connect with him, all at once, my son responded. It was as if no time had passed. The laughter began, the connection renewed, the love of God was shining through. It’s still a work in process or progress, meaning the process is progressing, but every step counts.

RESULT: One step forward!
Satan’s attempt is stamped: FAILED.

Job 31:4 (NLT) says,
Doesn’t he see everything I do
and every step I take?

God sees it all. He sees when we stray from Him and because of His love for us, we as His children are often chastised as a Father disciplines his children. But it is God’s ultimate goal and plan to draw us back to Him. He wants to order our steps and allow us to experience the abundant joy of knowing who He is in our lives.

Proverbs 3:12 (NLT) says,
For the Lord corrects those he loves,
just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.

God has a plan of correction so that we may walk as His children; obedient and strong.

Hebrews 12:6-13 (NLT) says,
6 For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” 7 As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? 8 If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all. 9 Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever? 10 For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. 11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. 12 So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. 13 Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.

Now, this story about my son may seem like something minor to some, but when Satan attempts to blind you and cause you to believe that it’s over and things will never be the same, God is able to put things back together again. The process, at times, is slow and painful because God has to break us and mold us into who He wants us to be. Often there are baby steps forward and then 10 leaps backward, but our job is to see God in every step that is made. He is controlling the situation and He has good plans that He is moving forward according to His greater purpose.

When God tries to move us forward, we must be willing to receive His hand of mercy. We have to want to come out of those dark despairing places.

Psalm 40:2 (NLT) says,
2 He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
and steadied me as I walked along.

When we are in our low places, we can find peace in knowing that God can and will deliver us from our pits. We won’t be down always if we look up to our Redeemer and cry out to Him for His help. We must be ready for the deliverance. God will not violate our wills. We must be both WILLING and OBEDIENT. According to Psalm 37:23 (NLT), the Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.

Psalm 18:36 (NLT) says,
36 You have made a wide path for my feet
to keep them from slipping.

Though the road gets rough sometimes, God has prepared a path that will keep us from slipping if we walk closely and hold on to everything He offers to us. He offers His grace and mercy. He offers His strength and joy. He offers us peace and hope in our future with Him.

No matter how far off course we may get, we must take the steps necessary to get back on track; on the path that God has chosen for us. 

Seek God for every step that you take and be thankful for the baby steps, both yours and the ones of a loved one or friend.

I pray that these particular posts that reference a prodigal helps you –  mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, cousin, friend – have hope that God has not forgotten your lost loved one. God searches for and calls back those He loves. We are His children.

Don’t ever give up. Stay in the fight and recognize that every step forward counts.

Zechariah 4:10a (NLT)
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…

Related Posts:

Do Not Be Afraid! It’s in Process!
Suddenly
Falling Apart
All at Once
It’s in the Breaking
Search for God
The Fight is On

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