When God’s Prescription Seems to Fail Psalm 37:23

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“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.”

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.”
 
At the writing of this devotional, there is a good man in my church who is in the hospital because one of his prescriptions failed and actually made his condition worse. The reason you go to the doctor is to find the prescription that will help your condition, and you certainly are not looking for it to put you in the hospital.
The verse above says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD:…” The word “ordered” means that God prescribed or arranged the steps of the good man. However, when you read the next verse, you would think that God made a mistake. It says in the next verse, “Though he fall…” Woe, this is not what we are looking for from God when we are trusting Him to order our steps. We are looking for everything to get better. However, this verse makes it clear that sometimes God’s prescription may seem not to work. Let me point out several important reminders about God ordering your steps.
First, when God orders your steps, it does not mean that you won’t fail. In fact, the opposite may happen. There are times that God will allow you to fall, not into sin, but fall in failure. You are the one who chooses to go into sin, but there are times when God orders you to fall.
Second, when God orders your steps, it does not mean that you won’t go through hard times. The next verse not only reveals that God may order our failure, but it also reveals that God may allow us to be “cast down.” In other words, God’s prescription for your life may be to allow you to go through hard times.
Third, when God orders your steps, it does not mean that you won’t suffer defeat. I love that though God orders the failure, He says that you will not be “utterly cast down.” God said that you may be “cast down,” but not “utterly cast down.” God is saying that He may order your failure and hard times, but He won't allow those failures and hard times to defeat you if you keep holding His hand.
Fourth, when God orders your steps, it does mean that God will be delighted in you. In other words, you become God’s favorite. He will enjoy working with you because you haven’t let go. My friend, this is the key to making it through the tough times. When God delights in you and you keep holding onto His hand, God enjoys working with you because you want to be in His presence.
Because God has ordered your steps, you must trust that He knows what He is doing. The difference between the doctor ordering a prescription and God ordering your steps is that the doctor is guessing what the prescription will do, whereas God KNOWS what His prescription will do for your life. I am not saying that you should not listen to your doctor, but what I am saying is that if you will listen to a doctor who guesses about your health situation, why won't you trust God who knows where He is taking you? God knows exactly what He is doing in your life, and you must trust Him and continue holding onto His hand as He takes you to where He will use you best.
Until you see the end of where God is taking you, enjoy the fact that He is holding your hand. Trials won't seem so bad when you enjoy God’s hand is holding onto yours.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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