My small group has been doing a study by Ray Vander Laan called “Walking with God in the Desert”. One of the things Ray talked about was changing the way we pray. So often we ask God to make things go smoothly or to have things go well. However, for most of us, it isn’t in the easy, smooth sailing times in our lives when we grow closer to the Lord.
It is usually in the tough and difficult times our relationship with the Lord grows closer. It is during these times that we turn to Him the most. When we struggle and know we can’t handle it on our own we tend to put our trust in the Lord. Then we are able to see how He is working in our circumstances. So, Ray suggested instead of praying for God to smooth out our paths, we pray the Lord will give us the right feet for the path we are on.
Isn’t that a different way of looking at things? It acknowledges we will have difficult times and we seek the Lord to equip us during those times. Often our circumstances don’t change, but with the right feet for the path, we will be equipped by the Lord to handle the people and situations with love and grace. We will also experience His presence, comfort and peace.
2 Samuel 22:34
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
he enables me to stand on the heights.
The animals in the deserts have to be very agile to climb the rocky crags and rough hillsides. In this Scripture, David is asking the Lord to give Him feet like the deer so he can climb up them as well. He is asking the Lord to equip him to deal with his situations and we need to do the same.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
One way we can be equipped is through the Word of God. His Word can be like a lamp for our feet lighting our dark and rough paths. When we face struggles, we need to seek God in His Word. It is a living Word, but only if we open it and read it.
Try praying today God will give you the right feet for the path you are on rather than changing the path you are on. Seek Him in His Word to have your path light.