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The Steps of a Good Man


The Steps of a Good Man

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The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.”

Psalm 37:23-24

Solomon Ginsburg, a Polish Jew, became an outstanding evangelist across Europe and South America. In 1911, needing some rest, he decided to head off to America. His route took him to Lisbon where he planned to cross the Bay of Biscay to London, then on to the States. Arriving in Lisbon, Ginsburg found the bulletin boards plastered with weather reports warning of storms raging on the Bay of Biscay. It was dangerous sailing, and he was advised to delay his trip a week. His ticket allowed him to do that, and he prayed about it earnestly.

As he prayed, he turned to his prayer calendar and found the text for that day was Deut 2:7 For the LORD thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: he knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the LORD thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.” The Lord seemed to assure him that his long, worldwide travels were under divine protection. Ginsburg boarded ship at once, crossed without incident, and caught a ship in London. From then on it was smooth sailing. When he arrived in the United States Solomon learned that had he delayed his trip in Lisbon, he would have arrived in London – just in time …… to board the Titanic.

You should know that (1) GOD DOES HAVE A DEFINITE PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE.

God’s not up in Heaven, chewing Rolaids and drinking Maalox, worried about what’s going to happen next. He didn’t nail 8 pegs to the outside of the ark in hopes that Noah and his family could hang on. He shut them in.  They were safe though in a storm. The Bible doesn’t say, “The destinations of a good man are ordered by the LORD…” But the very “steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD” Like Job said, “He knoweth the way that I take!” God’s not worried about where you and I are going to end up. We don’t sing, “If we all get to Heaven! But “When We All Get To Heaven…” There’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll end up at that desired haven. I’ve got a mansion just over the hilltop, in that bright land where we’ll never grow old!

Even though God is not worried about the Christian’s final destination, He is concerned, with our journey there! And getting there is half the fun. It won’t be worth it all one day, its worth it all now!

The Bible says, “…He delighteth in his way.” Did you know that God’s not out to punish you and make your life miserable? Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Just submit yourself to the will of God – you’ll like it! I tell you what – before I got saved I was into drugs I’d been in jail – but ever since Jesus passed by – I feel like Ruth just walking around in the field picking up handfuls of Grace! I’m not much for T. D. Jakes, but I like what he said: “God can take your mess and turn into a message!

But though God has a definite plan for your life; I have some bad news! (2) ITS NOT ALWAYS GOING TO BE EASY. Vs. 24 – “Though he fall

There’s one thing God is still teaching me – its not to be surprised when I sin I’m not saying we shouldn’t hate sin – and fight it – I’m saying when you sin even after you get it right with God – do you know why you’re still disappointed and defeated? Its because you believed in yourself! But we’re to have no confidence in the flesh – This old nature is just as wicked and carnal and hellish as it ever was! In the OT – Ishmael was a type of the flesh! They never had any problems with him till that promised son came along! And I never had any problems with the flesh before that New Birth either! Until that new man moved in, I did everything the flesh wanted to do; there was no conflict![1]

You say, “I haven’t had a hard time living the Christian life! Then I don’t know what you’ve been living but it aint the Christian life. Our old nature is so bad that Paul cried out, “O wretched man that I am! And if Paul had to battle that old nature – God knows we’re going to have to! John wrote saying “Fellows! I don’t want you to sin – its not God’s will for you to sin! But if any man sin – thank God we’ve got an “Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:” Yes! A good man may fall – But “a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again:” So, what do you do when you get knocked down? You get up – and you get up and go again! There’s nothing you can do to make God love you more or less. Just confess that sin. God’s more willing to forgive than you are to repent.

Come anchor your soul in the Haven of Rest

And say, my beloved is mine.

So God does have a definite will for you life – and no, its not always going to be easy but rest assured (3) YOU’RE IN GOOD HANDS! “…For the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.”

In Exodus we find Israel IN THE WILDERNESS. Picture it, a redeemed people making their way thru a dry and thirsty land. They got thirsty and started murmuring. They said, “Moses, you just brought us out here to die!” But where God guides, God provides. And when they were thirsty, God gave them water out of the Rock. When they were hungry, God rained down Bread from Heaven. And when they grew tired of that and wanted flesh to eat, God gave them quail!

Not just that, but God’s presence went with them. When the sun was too hot, God was a pillar cloud during the day. At night, when it got cold, God set that cloud to blazing, and Israel had a pillar of fire by night. God’s people had central heating and air for 40 years in the wilderness. Their shoes didn’t wear out. Their clothes didn’t even age. And the whole time they were murmuring and complaining, they should have just looked up to see the Cloud of God’s presence by day, and the Pillar of Fire by night.

John Wesley was riding one day along a lonely stretch of road when he noticed shadowy forms ahead, forms that vanished behind a hedge almost as his eye took them in. He could not turn back; that was not his way, yet to go on meant danger and possibly death. There was no hope of human help on that deserted road, so John Wesley prayed. Al­most at once he heard hoof beats coming up behind him, and he turned in his saddle as another traveler rode up alongside. Wesley gave the newcomer a cheery greeting than silently the two spurred on down the path, on past the place where the robbers lay concealed. Seeing two men instead of one, the robbers let them pass. Wesley then turned to say something to his companion, only to discover that there was nobody there! The mysterious rider had vanished into thin air. John Wesley had received an unusual glimpse of his angel escort along the way.

In Psalm 37:25 David said, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” To paraphrase – he said, “It might happen, but I’ve never seen it! So when you feel like you can’t go on any farther, just take one more step! In Your Christian Life You’re Bound To Encounter: Walls that seem impregnable; Foes that seem invincible; and Tasks that seem impossible. Its then you need to remind yourself that not only are the Steps of A Good Man ordered by the Lord – But The STOPS of A Good Man are Ordained of God as well. There IS a time to Walk With The Lord. But there is also a time to Wait On The Lord! For…

“…They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;

They shall mount up with wings as eagles;

They shall run, and not be weary;

And they shall walk, and not faint.”

(Isaiah 40:31)

You say, “I’m just a nobody.” But The Patriarchs, the Apostles, the Disciples were all just nobodies who knew Somebody that could do anything! You say, “I don’t have much.” That’s all right, “Little is much when God is in it!

Preached at Ivy Grove November 2005
Jason  Elder


[1] And like Abraham, it was hard to put away that Ishmael – after all he’d been with him longer!

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