In Psalm 84, David proclaims,
For a day in Your courts is better
than a thousand anywhere else.
As I am waiting on God for a breakthrough step in my current situation, it dawned on me… David’s statement about being even in the “courts” of God’s presence – which if you know anything about the set-up of the God’s Tabernacle, as David would have known it, was the “outside” of the actual tent where the Most Holy Place was located, yet still located within the boundaries of the Tabernacle. God dwelt in the Most Holy Place within the Tabernacle – even just being there, on the edge of God’s presence is far better than being apart from Him altogether.
And then I made the inevitable “Steph-link” from courts to shoes (naturally!!) – and walking! (for the guys, “courts” are a plain shoe with a low-mid heel, not very Steph!!).
Then it hit me: Just taking one step with God is much better than trying to find a step without Him, in courts, trainers, slippers, flip flops, heels – or whatever you are wearing.
We may not know which way to turn, or maybe wish we could run ahead out of the woods or the wilderness, but I know that even just taking one step forward with God’s leading is better than trying to find my own way. I’d only end up coming back to this point again, anyway!
I don’t know about you, but there are times when it feels as though God is soooo incredibly slow to reveal my next step; but coming back to the Tabernacle analogy, on just one day a year (Yom Kippur), the Jewish people were allowed to enter the Most Holy Place, via the High Priest. It may take a year to work out where you should go or what you should do, or you could be in a season of daily revelation, either way, God promises to lead us on the path He has for us.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
If I am honest, there are times when I am almost too aware of where I need to place my feet, so I end up looking down at where I think I need to be walking, when actually, what I need to do is look up at God. His eye is watching where I need to go and He promises,
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.
I will give counsel—My eye is on you.” (Psalm 32:8)
So, like David I can say,
My eyes are (nearly!!) always looking to Adonai,
for He will pull my feet out of the net.(Psalm 25:15)
Walking with confidence isn’t actually necessarily about moving. Sometimes it’s about remaining where you are until the next step is revealed. And when time is against you, when the pressure to move is overwhelming you – this standing still can be as difficult as walking forward. But as with being in the presence of God in the Tabernacle, there is nothing better than being close to the One who sees the whole path before you.
This is why one step is so much better with God, than taking any step without Him.