2011-01-25 - Footsteps
Ice Storm Lessons, Part 2
I recently shared that walking on the ice was easiest for me, when I had a good, supportive foundation, rather than a dangerous one. Another lesson I learned was about pathways. I found that following in my husband's footsteps was easier than pursuing my own path.
This reminded me that we should be constantly thinking about the paths we are pursuing, which should always be in Christ's footsteps and we should not go beyond the Biblical boundaries God has set for us. Simply put, to follow in Jesus' footsteps, we need to consult the word of God. If it says no, the answer is no. The answer isn't "well that was not allowed during Biblical times, but we are living in modern times," or "you have to look at the Bible in light of the time it was written." Or "oh, no one will be hurt" (usually untrue, anyway). No, God's word is unchanging; if the answer was no in 33 A.D., the answer is no in 2011.
And if the Bible doesn't speak definitively on an issue, it's time for heavy prayer, asking God to guide us through the Holy Spirit, and sometimes seeking the guidance of mature Christians, and walking in their footsteps. If your pastor, or your Christian friends or family members are advising you against something (living with your boyfriend/girlfriend before you marry, dressing immodestly, dating someone who isn't a Christian, copying copyrighted music etc.), there is probably a wise reason for it. If you want to know which way to turn in a decision process, ask God for wisdom; the Bible promises that He will provide it.
James 1:5 (NASB) But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
He may provide it in an obvious way or a surprising one. It may arrive via Bible study, a sermon at church, a Christian friend, an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, the words of a song - or in a myriad of ways but be assured: He will provide it. Whose footsteps are you following today?