We often rise in the morning lifting up the prayer that our steps for the day be ordered in accordance to God’s will.
Then, when we encounter a dilemma, conflict, problem or a tough decision, we repeat the prayer for covering over our steps.
Then, when concern emerges about whether we made the right decision, once more, we pray the familiar prayer, asking God to keep us in His will.
What if we cover ourselves with prayer for God’s will so that we can fearlessly follow His path, while fearing every step along the path: questioning ourselves, questioning God, questioning our decision and fearing the direct consequences as a result?
Do we repeat prayers for the covering of the steps of our day, yet fear every step we take?
When do our prayers give way to freedom and faith?
The freedom to make a decision trusting that the decision made is in God’s will.
The freedom to move and not stand still waiting for God to confirm every step for us.
The faith to believe that even if we get it wrong, God will realign us.
The faith to believe that God can even use our missteps in shaping us to become who he created us to be.
In Genesis 2, God brought the beast of the field and the birds of the sky to Adam to see what he would decide to call them. And the bible says: “whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name” (Genesis 2:19). The fear of naming “incorrectly” could have gripped Adam. God expected Adam to make a decision, declare it, and live with it. Adam didn’t fearfully wonder if he should have named the cow, a horse.
God doesn’t expect for us to wallow in uncertainty or confusion. He expects us to make a decision, declare it, and live with it.
Interestingly the bible says that God brought Adam the animals to “see” what he would name them.
I believe that God sometimes wants to see what we do. God desires us to make a decision with the confidence of His backing, declare it to others, and peacefully live without regret or fear.
We can fearlessly take the steps of our day with the freedom to rule and a faith in God’s realignment plan if we get off course.
Like Nike, we need to adopt a “just do it” attitude.
Covered by our request for God to keep us in His will, we can “do it” – make a decision, take a step – with confidence that God is watching to see what we do.
And we are certain that our ever-vigilant Father, will dispatch an elite rescue team of angels, if we unknowingly enter into danger or peril along the way.