Teach me to do your will for you are my God. May your gracious spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
“You are my God...” People do the will of the god they serve. For the one who believes in money to solve all of their problems and to make them happy, they will work long hours, cheat, steal, hoard, and become greedy, selfish, and stingy. This is how one serves money; it takes a lot of time to acquire it and a lot of maintenance to keep it. The day they realize they still aren’t satisfied is the day they realize the result of serving their god, money.
And the ones who pour every single bit of time, energy, and resources into their children, a hobby, sport, or craft in order to have a satisfying life shouldn’t be surprised that when it’s all over they are broke in every possible sense of the word feeling emptier than ever. This is the result of serving that god - financial, emotional, physical, and spiritual bankruptcy.
“Teach me to do your will...” because YOU are the God I serve. I want to do all the things as whole heartedly as a money grubbing, golf fanatic, backstage mom would. But the God I serve leads me to blessings (Deuteronomy 6:1-3), fulfillment (John 10:10), and eternal life (John 3:16). My life will not lead to loneliness, brokenness, or any other disappointing conclusion from serving my God.
“Lead me to firm footing...” I have fallen off of a ladder before because I literally dint’ have a firm foothold on the thing. It was awful. The fall was so swift and immediate; there was nothing I could do but fall. The result was painful and visible. Living in such a way that isn’t completely based on God’s Word (His Laws, His Commands, His Way, His Plans) is living on unsure footing. There’s no stopping the immediate fall, the destruction on the way down, and the pain that will surely follow.
Since my ladder incident, I am now extremely careful when I’m on one. Likewise, why not be just as careful about how I live, what I do, and what I say, and even how I say it? I live this way in order to never be on unsure footing again. That’s how I serve the God I serve. I let him lead me forward on a firm footing.
Thank you for always leading me to right places, good place, places I should be, places of satisfaction and wholeness. I never regret putting my hope and trust in you, I never feel broken from doing your will, and I never have fallen destructively and painfully from obeying you. I love you so much and I thank you for making a way for me to serve you so I don’t have to come up with something else to serve that will leave me empty and hopeless. I thank you that YOU, by YOUR Son, give me a rich and satisfying life (John 10:10)! I love you and praise you, and pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.