For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his paths. – Proverbs 5:21
Wherever you are and whatever is happening to you right now, you are not alone. God sees you on the road you are walking today. He sees the steps you may need to take in the next few hours to get through a hard place. Today’s proverb tells us, "a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his paths." This means God not only watches the winding of your road every day, He is also thinking about every step and everything you must step over. WOW!
God is considering your next fork in the road, too—the good choices that lie ahead and the dismal, misery-inducing ones. When He “ponders,” your Father in heaven is reflecting on what you are going to decide. Even though He has known every detail of your life from eternity past, He is still meditating upon it as it plays out. That ought to blow our minds.
"He [God] knows the way that [you] take"(Job 23:10). He wants you to succeed in the testing you are experiencing. Considering His great love for you, do you honestly think He would let you go through more than you can handle? No. He won’t let a hard season knock you off the path of your highest usefulness to His kingdom. And He wants to help you make sure you don’t drive yourself off that high road. He can do this because He sees it all.
God is near to you when your heart is broken, and saves you when your spirit is crushed (Psalm 34:18). God draws close to you during a hardship unlike any other time in your life. Maybe that is why the desperate times of need come. They might be the very moments God is seeking to engineer—times of turning to Him as never before. Are you drawing near to Him?
If this is your moment of desperation and you don’t know how to pray, God even knows that. Romans 8 tells us God’s Spirit prays for us when we don’t have words. Just start praying and sharing your heart. Thank God for knowing the way you take and thinking about every step in your life long before you take it. He is pondering—about you!
Lord, I admit I often move through distances in my days without giving serious thought to Your awareness of me and Your presence. Thank You for remaining engaged even when I’m not paying attention! Remind me I don’t have to take steps without acknowledging You. Teach me to trust You in all my ways and know that You will direct my paths. In Jesus’ name, amen.