Have you ever wanted God to ‘write on the wall’ with very clear guidance for your life? This expression comes from Daniel 5 when King Belshazzar of Babylon sees the fingers of a human hand writing a very clear message to him from God, which Daniel then interpreted to him. Note that in this case God’s message was actually one of Divine judgement!
Sometimes God does speak very directly to us, but I was reminded last Sunday at the Vine Church, when celebrating our youngest grandson Joel’s dedication, that God’s guidance may often not be very dramatic, but simply to keep on putting “one foot in front of the other”. When times are tough – and even when they’re not – God calls us to “press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me” (Phil 3v12). We remember how “Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem” (Luke 9v51) to suffer and to die.
In fact, as I wrote these words I was struck how often in the Bible we are instructed to stand firm (e.g. 1 Cor 15v58, Gal 5v1, Phil 1v27, 1 Peter 5v9). Such standing firm doesn’t mean standing still – we must stand firm as we put one foot in front of the other!
In terms of such perseverance, meditate on these words of Job in 23v11: “My feet have closely followed His steps; I have kept His way without turning aside.”
Peace and Grace