He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feed upon a rock, making my steps secure. –Psalm 40:2.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. These words, attributed to the philosopher Lao-Tzu, have come down to us through centuries. History has proven his observation true:
- Columbus began his westward journey with a single gust of wind.
- Martin Luther initaited the reformation with a single nail and one piece of paper.
- The American Revolution started with the crack of a single musket, fired on April 19,1775, just outside Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts.
Journey may begin with a single step, but they never end there. Countless steps follow. Through Moses, the Lord had promised to take people to the Promised Land. Like all journeys, this one began with a single step:
The Lord said to Moses, “Depart; go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought up out of the land of Egypt, to the land of which i swore to Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, saying, ‘To your offspring I will give it.” –Exodus 33:1
Israel’s journey differed from most other journeys. Their journey did not result from some committee’s decision or some zealous leader looking to make a name for himself. Rather, it was the Lord himself who initiated this journey. The Lord directed the steps of his people. This journey had the full authority and backing of God Almighty. The Lord even saw to it that the soles of his people’s sandals did not wear out.
God has sent you out on a journey as well. Like the journey his people took toward the promised land long ago, your journey has the Lord’s full authority and backing. From a human perspective, it may look like nothing more than daily life. But as you walk with God by faith, your journey will take you much further than you know. It will last a lifetime here on earth and continue into all eternity after this life ends.
Through it all, your Savior will strengthen you and direct your steps. When you veer off the path, he will lead you to repentance and forgive you. When you feel you are about to wear out, he will make all things new.
From the book “Man of God Walking by Faith”