It’s said in all thing’s moderation is in order. That’s not necessary what you’ll find in scripture. There are things that God doesn’t want us to partake in, period. Other things are perfectly fine but in excess, they become harmful to us physically or spiritually. The opposite is also possible where too little of something isn’t ideal.
But what we want to focus on today is slightly different, being in step with the Lord.
We remember Abraham’s wife Sarah for getting ahead of God. God told them they would become a great nation. Sarah considered that the possibility of her bearing children in her advanced years was an impossibility, especially when she considered that God had not blessed her with children while she was the typical childbearing age. Instead of waiting on the Lord promise she took things into her own hands and offered her handmade to Abraham to provide an offspring for him and help God do what God had promised.
We refer to doing this sometimes as running ahead or getting out over our skis. I like the ski reference because when we do this; we place ourselves in a parlous position where we can’t control the outcome or even shape the direction of our fall.
The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the person who seeks him.
Lamentations 3:25 (CSB)
We can do the opposite too. We can tarry when the Lord is saying it is time to move. The sweet spot is when we don’t get ahead of the Lord and His will for our lives.
Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”
John 8:12 (CSB)
We typically think of Jesus being the Light of the World in this passage. He is. He places that light in us and we become the Light of the World. It is one of His commands for us.
But what I want to point out to you here is the second half of this passage. “Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” If we are following close to Jesus, then the light he provides on our path is ever present. The following is crucial to have that light. If we are lagging or rushing ahead, the light of life doesn’t illuminate our path with the “light of life” and we stumble in the dark.
The important thing we must consider is that God will lead as we are ready for things. We may not think we are, but he will not push us beyond what we can handle with the strength He imbues in us, His strength!
I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13 (CSB)
The bottom line is that God has our back by going before us. We need to keep in step with Him and follow closely along in the “light of life”.
The Lord is the one who will go before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or abandon you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.”
Deuteronomy 31:8 (CSB)
We should never hesitate when God says go. We should never run ahead or get out over our skis, either way, we find ourselves outside of His will and groping for the next solution to the dilemmas we create for ourselves.
It’s all just a matter of being “In Step with the Lord”.
In His Grace,