Walking With God

A man's steps are established by the LORD, and He takes pleasure in his way.
Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, because the LORD holds his hand.
-Psalm 37:23-24

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How have you been doing with walking in the plan of God for your life?  You saw it or heard it and believed it, then went for it.  But what if the plan did not work out?

We are getting it that God calls us to walk with him.  But, we ask, "How was God with me in the failure, disappointment, or when things did not work out, 'as planned?'".  I really believed I had God's plan, for me, and went for it.

How could I be so inspired to follow, but then fail?  Where was God?  God was and is right there.  

Notice how it says that God establishes our steps.  He gives us balance, firm footing, and stability.  And, God takes pleasure in the way we walk.

I am trying to walk in troubles, trials, disappointments, and loss.  God is right there with me, establishing my steps.  He is there wanting to do that, I just have to turn to him and receive his help.

As a good father, God takes pleasure in us.  He enjoys us.  Do you feel God's pleasure when you run?

The next verse gives us some more information about how walking with God plays out:
Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, because the LORD holds his hand.
This is the HCSB.  The NIV says that, "though he may stumble, he will not fall", and the ESV says, "though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong".  There are stumbles, small falls, and headlong falls, where we perhaps hit our head when we fall.  And those can even be fatal.

When David wrote, "though he fall", he was inspired to remind us that we all fall or stumble.  We all miss it, fail, get rejected, suffer losses, and lose.  There are little and big ones.

But we are not overwhelmed or fallen, because the Lord holds our hand.  The way it works, is that when bad things happen to us, the Lord is there to take our hand.  He is our strength, our stability.

Walking with God means walking through disappointments, loses, rejections, and failures.   The vehicle of God's life in your life goes through difficulties. We don't float through troubles or go out of touch.

The idea is that God gives us stability through life's challenges.  God has plans for your life, but his main plan is for you to walk hand in hand, with him.  We experience God's pleasure and are "in his grip" when painful things happen to us.