What’s the Next Step?

Ask God…to lead the way. So…what’s the next step? Where is He leading you? Don’t we all wish sometimes we could know what the next 10 years of our life would look like?

“They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid.” (Mark 10:32a NIV)

Is Jesus leading the way in your life? It says that some were astonished and some were afraid. Are you astonished or afraid right now in your own life? Can you say to yourself and to God “I don’t know what the next step is God. But, I will follow!” What is next Lord? I want You God to lead the way! Jesus was on His way to His death on the cross. He knew what was ahead of Him and was even telling the Disciples. He walked right into the “next” in His life! Death on a Cross! He walked right through to the other side of death which was LIFE! Eternal life for you and for me!

He knows what is ahead of you too! Give us your courage Lord! If it is suffering Lord, I pray you will LEAD us through it Lord and help us not be afraid. If it is joy, I pray you will lead us through it and help us Lord to stand astonished and in awe of your glory!

Sometimes, we get fearful of the unknown. Not knowing what lies before us. It was especially hard after going through a divorce. I didn’t know what my life was going to be like. I had been married the last 23 years of my life. That was more than half of my life. All of my adult life. Then I found myself single again. With 2 kids. It was at that time in my life that the concept that God was not only my Father, but that God could be my husband. I was totally dependent on Him. I didn’t have anybody else that I could really depend on. He became my husband! He became my EVERYTHING!!

I love the song that is out right now by Chris Tomlin, called “Whom Shall I Fear”. The chorus says:
“Whom shall I fear,
I know Who goes before me
I know Who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side.”

This is so true for a follower of Jesus because God does go before us and is leading the way and He is standing behind us ready to catch us when we fall. He is ALWAYS by my side! Even when we are afraid of what the next step is, or the unknown future; God is there leading us and walking through it with us!

We sometimes decide in our own minds what we want to happen and try to plan it all out. But is it God’s plans for you? Don’t let yourself get ahead of God. Let Him lead you and then watch in astonishment all the wonders and glories that He has prepared for you!

“For your Maker is your husband— the Lord Almighty is his name— the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.” (Isaiah 54:5 NIV)

“The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1 NIV)

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV)

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