Big Hill Bible Studies
09 July 2018
The subheading for this chapter in the NASB is "On Life and Conduct"
Verse 24 states, "Man's steps are ordained by the LORD, how then can man understand his way?"
As we look to our life and conduct, consider the role God plays. Has He planned out our every step, our good days and bad days, selected our husbands and wives, our children and our jobs? Is this what is meant by having our steps "ordained by the LORD"? Do we have any say in our lives, or is every thing already orchestrated for us?
Do you ever wonder why some people describe their faults and problems as "just the way God made me?" How can that be if we are living the ordained life God has in mind for our lives? We were fearfully and wonderfully made in His own image, with His plans for us to be saved, to come to the knowledge of the truth and to prosper. That sounds good, doesn't it? The truth is we actually have the free will to choose our own path. So how are we to understand our way?
James 4:8 tells us, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." By doing this we begin to see our lives in His hands with His design for us. I believe "man can understand his way" better by understanding His Creator. What do you think God has planned for your life? When we search for Him we will find Him - but we must search with all our heart. We must also take ourselves out of the equation and realize our lives belong to Him. This is how we see and understand our way. Our way is through the Lord, He is the way, and the truth, and the life.