The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.
Maybe it's the caution which comes with growing older, but lately, I find myself with Iphone affixed to my belt, not just when I'm out and about in my car, but when I'm home alone. And I'm home by myself frequently. With stepson, Giovanni, working full-time and husband, Danny, at work downtown, I know there is no one close by to come to my aid should an unforeseen mishap occur.
I become acutely aware of this need to have-cell-phone-will-travel when Danny leaves on a Sunday for a meeting in Phoenix, and Giovanni is miles away visiting with his girlfriend. I am truly isolated! If, in my umpteenth trips up and down our staircase to tend to laundry and other chores, I find myself, in the words of that infamous commercial, to have "fallen, and I can't get up," how would I call for help if my phone is not on my person?
While taking precautions regarding physical protection is wise and sensible, I can't help but feel a bit sheepish when I read these verses from Psalm 37. If the Lord makes firm the steps of those who delight in Him, which I do without reservation, should I even entertain such a worry in the first place? Oh, yes! I could stumble, especially when lugging a wet and unwieldy basket of washed clothes up the stairs and out to our deck to be hung on the line. But where is my faith? Won't the Lord uphold me with His hand?
Yes, I know. I'm placing a literal spin on a metaphorical example of God's unfailing love and protection for all His children. He who delights in us will ever save us when we stumble in sin. Jesus will not let us fall into that abyss, but will catch us at the brink and place us, once again, onto the path of righteousness for His name's sake.
God will make firm our steps when we choose to follow Jesus.
God will bless us when we delight in Him.
He will love us, though we stumble, and not let us fall.
We can rest assured, cellphone ready or not, that the Lord upholds us with His powerful and omnipresent hand.
When you stumble, can you trust in the Lord to uphold you?
Prayer: Dear Father, let us ever delight in You that You might make our steps firm and our purpose to spread the Good News of Your Kingdom foremost in our hearts and minds. When we stumble as imperfect children, may we always recall that You are right there beside us, ready to pick us up, brush us off, and set us upon the right path You have laid before us. Make firm our steps! All this we pray in Jesus' name. Amen.