“O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.” (Jeremiah 10:23)
Sin is defined as “missing the way.”
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Prov. 14:12)
There is a wide divergence between the path God would have us take in a given situation and the way we would naturally choose. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isa. 55:9)
God has laid out His requirements for every one of us. (Micah 6:8) His first requirement is to that we “do justly.” This means we do what’s right in His sight. Such is impossible unless He is leading us in “paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” (Ps. 22:3) Sheep need a shepherd or they are bound to turn to their own way and go astray (Isa. 53:6).
Our problem is we think we’re smarter than we are. If we knew how desperately we needed “outside help,” we would walk more humbly with our God. To walk right, we need to think right. It is not only God’s ways that are higher than ours, it is His thoughts as well. The failure to seek God at all times leaves us acting according to our own thoughts and emotions. The fruit of our own way is all around misery and destruction.
There is a fine line needing to be walked in every day and situation we face. Each day’s trouble requires thought – but we dare not figure things out apart from God. He alone can make our way perfect, keeping us from missing His way. He would give us hinds’ feet for our high places.
Who are we relying on to direct our steps – God or ourselves? The answer to that question will make all the difference between our success and failure.
“It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect. He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places.” (Psalm 18:32,33)