Taking God’s Hand
Dressed in her play clothes for the day, my daughter crawled out from under the car seat strap, gathered her small bag, and moved toward the cement stairs. The builder of the church where she attended pre-school didn’t incorporate the 7/11 rule that’s most often used when building stairs (maximum riser height of 7 inches and minimum tread depth of 11 inches) so they were even awkward for an adult to climb. For her safety, my husband or I would make a point to take her hand and walk up the wide stairs in step together.
On this particular morning, my husband extended his hand and she pulled her arm to her chest and said, “Me do it!” With those three words a line was drawn—a line that said she didn’t need help and wanted to walk up the stairs on her own. She didn’t understand that for her own protection, she needed to take hold of his hand and walk in step with him.
The incident with my daughter reminds me that, as adults, we too can get out of step with God. We want to do things our own way without any thought to the possible dangers ahead. We have an enemy who is clever at setting traps and snares for us we can’t see, but God sees.
In his message “Getting Out of Step,” Dr. Stanley uses the story of a great man, King Saul, to show us three snares of the enemy that can destroy us if we choose to do things on our own—pride, willful disobedience, and jealousy. God has a plan for each of our lives, but if we make the choice to go our own way, we will end up with a life full of emptiness and disappointment.
Walk with God today, stay in step with Him, and discover His best for you. Don’t pull away. Instead, take hold of His loving hand and say, “Let’s do it!”
Written by Beth K Fortune
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