There are numerous ways to study the book of Proverbs. Today I want to just focus in on one verse and talk about it.
“A man’s steps are from the Lord; how then can man understand his way?” (v. 24)
Anyone and everyone has a desire to know God’s will for their life. In a positive way, people want to be obedient to the call God has on their life. That’s a great thing, and something that should definitely be considered! But on the other hand, I wonder how much of seeking God’s will simply comes from a desire to have control over the trajectory of your life? Even if in your heart you really want what God wants, desiring God’s will before God is ready to reveal it shows that you want God’s will on your time, not God’s.
Our Proverb today shows us that our steps come from the Lord, which is something meant to comfort. But even though our plans come from a sovereign God, it is difficult for us to understand them. Maybe that means you don’t know why your life is heading in a certain direction; or maybe it means you are lacking direction completely. What matters is that you trust in the God who is in control, and not only in some ways, but in all.
A really helpful resource about discerning the will of God is Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung. In it he says, “We can stop pleading with God to show us the future, and start living and obeying like we are confident that He holds the future.” The goal is to live from trust in God instead of ourselves.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice