This story begins with my cross-country drive from Los Angeles back to D.C. It was 34 years ago, August of 1983; 2,740 miles, as me and my sister Ernestine, and my three young children drove our car back home to start a business. Back in the 1980s, Highway 80 had lots of detours, but we wanted to see the northern part of America! In fact, we ended up in high altitudes, winding around and around mountains to get back on the main road, but through it all, we made it.
Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.” Here is where I know for sure that this scripture is true.
As I look back over my life, I realize that I was a sinner, saved by grace. Even during those times when I was living my life vicariously, wasn’t going to church, yet the Lord was still ordering my steps. He knows who we are before we were formed, therefore, He knows what you and I will do eventually.
Understand that having your steps ordered by the Lord does not mean that everything will be rosy and smooth for you all the time. While the Lord is ordering your steps, there will be times you will face some problems, obstacles, setbacks, sickness, pain, disappointments, heartbreaks and failures. Through sunshine and rain, while the Lord is ordering your steps, just know and believe that all things are going to work together for the good to them that love the Lord, and is called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
Though there have been so many turbulent days that I can’t begin to remember them all, I know for sure that my steps have been ordered by the Lord. If you’re anything like me, you wonder: what makes a man a good man? In this column, you will hear my version and meaning of this scripture.
A man or woman is not considered “good” just because they don’t use drugs, they don’t drink to a point where they get drunk, may be just social drinks here and there, or they don’t run around on different dates, with a “free spirit” attitude! It is also not just because he has lots of money in the bank, several degrees, living in the best neighborhood! What am I saying?
After driving all the way across the country 34 years ago, you probably wonder how and when I could feel the Lord ordering my steps. There were major milestones all along the way, but, of course, there were lots of tumultuous moments.
It took years, but today, I realize my destiny was set in motion prior to my birth. My mother predicted in a vision she had about my life. I won’t share that dream, but believe me, it has become a reality! As I look back over my life often, as most of us do, and think of that vision the Lord showed to her about my life, I am certain that my steps have been ordered by the Lord, and I’m grateful that He picked me, with all of my flaws, to do this job!
Moses was a good man, but he killed a man. King David was a good man, but he committed adultery. Peter was a good man, but he cussed somebody out, and the list goes on and on. Like me, you too might have messed up, but it’s OK. Scripture reminds us that none of us are perfect.
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” But if you let Him, your steps will be ordered by the Lord too!
Lyndia Grant is the host of “Think on These Things,” a radio talk show on WYCB (1340 AM), Fridays at 6 p.m. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.