At this point in life we’re all familiar with the map apps. While there are other apps out there such as Waze or Mapquest, I think the perennially go to is Google Maps (They bought Waze). Ultimately they all work similarly. They use your location and the place you want to go, give you a bird’s eye view then zoom into the street view. The biggest problem with this is that the street view (particularly Google’s streetview) is almost completely useless unless you have a clear picture of where you want to go. While it’s cool to see a place before we go (particularly useful in real estate) it’s frankly, the most useless feature of Google Maps in my opinion. Here’s the thing about God…
If you’ve ever gone to a new place and were rushed and just entered the address and left, it’s a bit maddening. You go into an unknown area and have to completely trust your map app not to kill you with a left turn or drive you into a lake. Personally, I like to see the entire map, the turns and the streets ahead of time so that I’m not in the wrong lane when it’s time to turn or I don’t take a route that is always going to be bad. Unfortunately for me and anyone else wired this way, God has us on street view.
I used to cry out for more direction, for more purpose, to see the plan but to no avail. Why? Why would this loving Father not reveal the entire plan for my life so that I can execute on it? Seems to me that would be a good idea. I don’t want to get into a free will discussion here, but God is definitely all about us making the choice to follow Him. It’s not just a choice to follow, because many of us will say we’re Christians but do we really trust God to be our provider, to have our hearts open to others, to so completely trust Him with a “reckless faith” that we move away from things that give us pleasure in the short term for things that will bring eternal rewards.
When I began to really seek out answers here I was brought to this scripture:
Psams 37:23 AMP “The steps of a [good and righteous] man are directed and established by the Lord, And He delights in his way [and blesses his path].”
Notice it says “steps,” in one translation it says footsteps. I can already hear some of you whisper to yourself, “baby steps.” You’re absolutely right. If you read the Bible you start to see the theme.
- Old Testament – Manna – Exodus 16 shows that God gives manna from heaven every day to prove His provision to His people and in turn test them that they are faithful. It goes on to show that a few people failed to trust God and their manna rotted with worms.
- New Testament – The Lord’s Prayer – Give us this day our Daily Bread.
There are over 50 references to foot steps in the Bible. So clearly there’s a Biblical pattern of trusting God “daily” for direction, purpose and fulfillment. Science also backs this up. Researchers on leadership have also found that small victories lead to momentum for most successful leaders. In fact, it’s the ultimate way to accomplish a huge goal, break it down into small chunks that you can accomplish. Once you understand this it’s actually a good thing that you don’t see the finish line.
There’s still a part of me that says, why can’t I at least get a glimpse.
How then can we ever get off of streetview? Are we stuck there? What about Abraham, Joseph (with Dreams), David, the Prophets, John, and others? Why did they get a divine revelation? Why did Jonah get a clear message of what to do? It goes back to the beginning.
From the beginning God wanted a relationship with us. From the beginning he’s wanted to be Our Father. Are we intentionally choosing to trust Him daily? How are we stewarding our daily opportunities? These are all questions you should consider for yourself.
Our Old Testament heroes of the faith trusted God daily for years, decades or their entire life before they ever had a divine vision. Here’s the thing about trusting God daily that I’ve found. I have to be happy with the journey day to day and trust He knows better than I know.
Isaiah 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
Ultimately, if you want to get off of street view you must go deeper with God. We have something our Old Testament heroes did not have. We have the privilege to build a personal relationship with the Creator of the Universe. We don’t need a burning bush or a dream and an interpretation (those things can be great though), we can have a conversation… daily.
But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. Matthew 6:33
If you want to walk with God daily, you must make time for it. Follow Jesus’ example and get up early when no one is awake and read His word. I challenge you to do this for 1 week, with one simple prayer, “Father, I want to hear your voice.” If you do this, there will be no doubt in your heart or mind. He will meet you where you are, one step at a time.
I’d love to hear from you about your walk with Christ! What ways have you seen God guide you through your footsteps?