Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Keep my feet from slipping

One of the many meanings of the verb "slip" is to slide suddenly or involuntarily; to lose one's foothold, as on a smooth surface.

Yesterday, I experienced an unusual way of hearing God speak. Some may argue that we can only hear God through a certain fixed ways but I believe that God can speak to us in many ways. Coming back to what happened yesterday. I actually "slipped" twice when I was walking to the restroom in the office. I looked at the floor when I slipped on each separate occasion and noticed that it was not wet. This is at the corridor outside the restroom, so it is very unlikely to be wet. But I did not pay much attention to it as I was very focused on my mission to do what I needed to do in the restroom :) Then, after work, when I walked towards my car in the car park, I accidentally slipped as I stepped onto something. This time, I really get the message. Well, I don't believe in coincidences. If this happens three times in a single day, God must be trying to get my attention.

I believe God must be gently warning me not to "slip" in my walk with Him. I went back and searched the Scriptures and found a list of promises of God's faithfulness to keep me from slipping. (verses listed below). In 1 Cor 10:12, the Apostle Paul warned that, "Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall."

Later, I found comfort after reading Psalm 73. Here, the psalmist confessed, "my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped." (v2) The reason was because he has lost his focus on God when he began to look at how the wicked prospered (vv3 - 12). He began to reason that there's no point for him to keep himself separated and holy before God (vv13 -16). But he received fresh understanding when he drew near to God and regretted his warped thinking (vv17 -22). His attitude began to change and he made beautiful declarations of dependance and trust in the Lord God (vv23-28).

It is a beautiful psalm which I do identify with the psalmist when I begin to look around and conclude that it is futile to seek Him and walk with Him. In my short-sightedness, I cannot see the fruit of my walk with God whereas those who do not seek Him continue to prosper in their wickedness. But, this is not true because God is a good God and a just God. He will make known His goodness to me if my heart is pure (v1). Oh, how important it is to have a pure heart (Matt 5:8).

I thank God for reminding me of His goodness and to maintain a pure heart that my feet will not slip. How great is the love of God to hold us and lift us up as the psalmist cried out in Psalm 94:18, "If I say, my foot slips, Your love O Lord will hold me up".

Further promises from God's Word
2 Samuel 22:37/Psalm 18:36 (NKJV)
You enlarged my path under me; So my feet did not slip.

Psalm 17:5 (NKJV)
Uphold my steps in Your paths,That my footsteps may not slip.

Psalm 26:1 (NKJV)
Vindicate me, O LORD,For I have walked in my integrity. I have also trusted in the LORD; I shall not slip.

Psalm 37:31 (NIV)
The law of his God is in his heart; his feet do not slip.

Psalm 66:9 (NIV)
He has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping.

Psalm 121:3 (NIV)
He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber.

4 responses:

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  3. My father recently passed (Dec 2016). My mother and I were reviewing her finances and determining what her wishes were when she passed with the assets and financial assets she had. We discussed this and I documented her wishes. I then started to smell a very foul odor, almost like diarrhea, it was terrible. My mother did not smell it. I asked her, but she did not smell it. It started to bother me the next day thinking that maybe my Dad did not agree with the decisions we were making. The decisions should made were generous gifts to each of us children and her grandchildren fair and balanced. I really starting thinking about this it bothered me that the odor was so foul and that only I could smell it.

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