Unless otherwise stated all Scriptures found here are taken from the NASB translation.
“Man’s steps are ordained by the Lord, How then can man understand his way?” Proverbs 20:24.
Acknowledging God’s Sovereignty
Wisdom always acknowledges the sovereignty of God and the fool will say there is no God; pitiful. God is omniscient; He knows all things. God also is working that all things work together for good and for His greatest glory. These are truths that are determined in God’s Word. Briefly, look at Romans 8:28-30, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.” and in Romans 11:33-36, we find this, “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For Who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? Or Who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to Him again? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.”
Proverbs 20:24 demonstrates that our life-steps are ordained by the Lord. However, there is a ‘quirk’ here. God, in His grace, allows everyone the freedom of will to make choices, but His ultimate sovereignty over all things does come to fruition.
Our Freedom to Choose
In light of our freedom to choose and within the framework of God’s Grace, here are somethings of biblical interest.
- We will make determining choices which may change our eternity.
- God is working in our lives even when we make poor choices.
- None of our choices will challenge God’s determined eternal plan for His own glory and for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
These are things that are true and will continue to be true even if we choose to think they are not. God’s will is about His personal glory and not necessarily about us. Yes, His desire is that no man be found outside the realm of eternity with Him which is His glory. However, just as we find in John chapter 3 some will choose to identify with the Christ and some will not. This is a reality.
Our Daily Step Are Ordained by God
God ordains our steps which is to say that He guides our daily pathway. For some, this is relatively easy because they understand God’s will as demonstrated in Holy Writ and submit to His authority to follow Him. For others, the process of discovering God for their lives involves their desire to follow their own sordid path instead of the light of the Gospel. However, God receives what He desires, but for some, the path chosen takes longer. Regardless of how some come to His desired ends – they will be accomplished. Unfortunately, some will end up in the Lake of Fire as seen in Revelation 20:15, “And if anyone ‘s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” But for those who make the choice of faith to believe in His only Son, “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.” Revelation 2012-14.
Solomon then asks us this question, “How then can man understand his way?” We are unable to completely understand our way as we might think. Job walked with God as He considered Job to be blameless, but he suffered deeply for God’s ultimate purpose to be satisfied. The entire book of Job deals with him and his friends trying to understand God’s divine purpose. And in the end we do know that God is good, and God’s ultimate purposes is for our good and His glory. We are left with the explanation of Proverbs – how can a man understand his way?
Which is the Best Construct?
There may be another answer to the question, “How can a man understand His way?” The answer is that one can only understand by having an intimate relationship with God. Most folks live lives that are utterly worthless because of confusion. Their lives give us caution for us to learn from. Jesus provides a parable about two houses: One is constructed on a foundation of sand and the other is built upon a foundation of stone. The ends of these two constructions are futility or eternity. Which is best?
A man understands his way in relationship with God. That is the only way to do this. A man understands his way by studying and understanding the Scriptures – which reveal to us the mind and heart of God. A man understands his way by turning to God and seeking to live for His ultimate purposes and plans. Philosophers may spend a lifetime trying to grasp a life of meaning and purpose – yet – if they only use their own understanding are like the blind leading the blind. As the Word of God tells us, if a man does not see according to God’s light and revelation as given by the Holy Spirit in HIs Word, he cannot find the light of eternity. The truth is that God has been and still is working in this world to accomplish His desire to accomplish His end. Life will be so much better for us if we acknowledge and submit to Him. We must, therefore, seek to walk according to His sovereignty and eternal plans.
Jesus is Lord.