Words from the Heart for Wednesday February 1st, 2017
You enlarged my path under me, so my feet did not slip.
Psalm 18:36 (NKJV)
My Feet Do Not Slip
Walking through very narrow places can make us feel afraid. We fear that we cannot move forward without falling. The Lord understands that fear. When the path is wide enough for us to safely walk, we move forward with confidence. Where will your feet take you today? Whatever you might be facing is known to Him. He is with you and will make the way secure for you.
Every year, more than 20,000 people in Ontario go to the emergency room due to injuries relating to falling on ice or snow, according to the University Health Network. A 2013 Toronto Public Health study found that when there is snow or ice on the ground, more than 40 per cent of people aged 35 to 59 years and 60 per cent of those aged 60 to 85 years said they would avoid going outside as a way of coping with winter weather. A group of Toronto researchers is trying to prevent those falls by helping Canadians pick out the safest, non-slip winter boots on the market. Late last year they tested 98 pairs of popular winter boots and discovered, with concern, that just 8% met minimum slip resistance standards. Be careful out there.
An African friend of mine was in Canada recently and fell twice – he had never had to walk on icy ground and never did get used to staying upright on Canadian winter sidewalks. Ironically, not long ago I had visited him in Africa and had slipped and fallen on a greasy path made treacherous by rains. He had no problem staying upright on that path. It is never pleasant to slip and fall. This is so spiritually as well as physically. There are lots of opportunities for us to fail to stay steady on our spiritual feet. The ice of temptation and the stones of sin can easily cause us to fall. The Psalmist recognized this in his day and writes in Psalm 18:36: “You enlarged my path under me, so my feet did not slip.” The Bible calls the Christian life “the narrow way” meaning that the only way to God is through a relationship with Jesus Christ. But once we have come to faith in Jesus Christ, God provides all we need to walk safely and victoriously. God does everything to ensure that our walk with Him blameless and we live a consistent godly life. It is only as we choose to step off the path that He has set for us that we find ourselves stumbling. How consistent has your walk with the Lord been lately? God has widened the spiritual path that He has set for you. Stay on His path.
These have been words from the heart.