Steps with God
'The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.' Psalm 37:23 NKJV
Part of God's plan for Elijah was for him to stand on Mount Carmel, call down fire from Heaven, and rescue Israel from a life of worshipping idols. God got Elijah there one step at a time. First God sent him to a brook at Cherith (which means 'covenant'). God wants us to discover that he is a covenant-making, covenant-keeping God: he makes and keeps promises. He promised to provide for Elijah, saying: 'I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there' (1 Kings 17:4 NIV). God is with us and he provides for us in each step. Next God sent Elijah to Zarephath. The name 'Zarephath' means 'a crucible' - a place where metal is refined. God uses the challenges in each step to help refine us. Instead of complaining, worrying and trying to figure everything out on our own, we need to trust God in the refining - to bring out the gold by extracting the impurities.
The Bible says, 'The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord' (Psalm 37:23 NKJV). Just like he guided Elijah, he shows us the steps to take. He knows what we need to experience and mature in each step. And when we've completed the steps at Cherith and Zarephath, we'll be ready for the blessing and calling of Mount Carmel.
So what now? Get a big piece of paper and draw a set of stepping stones. In each stone write major steps you've already taken in life (yes, you have taken some!), then ask God what your next step should be.
Soulfood: Judg 9:34-57 Judg 10 Judg 11:1-40 Matt 17:1-13 Ps 119:73-80 Pro 20:25 Ecc 5:4-6,