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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

"Watch Your Step"

“But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.” --Psalm 73:2

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” --Psalms 37:23

Praying Mom



A stuntman named Bobby Leach, in July 1911, went over Niagara Falls in a specially designed steel drum and lived to tell about it.  Although he suffered minor injuries, he survived because he recognized the tremendous dangers involved in the feat and because he had done everything he could to protect himself from harm.

Several years after that incident, while skipping down the street in New Zealand, Bobby Leach slipped on an orange peeling, fell, and badly fractured his leg.  He was taken to a hospital where he later died of complications from that fall.  He received a greater injury walking down the street than he sustained in going over Niagara Falls.  He was not prepared for danger in what he assumed to be a safe situation.

People are more often blindsided in life by things they never saw coming than when confronted with the things they worry about most.  The unsuspected problems usually do more damage than the ones we think are coming.  For example, parents will worry about potential dangers for their kids, such as someone harming them, and yet, never realize that a close friend is badly influencing their minds.  Perhaps King David secured the palace from potential enemy threats that would harm his family, and yet he never saw Amnon's life being pillaged by a friend.  Sometimes our worst fears come to pass and our lives are changed by a terrible crime or a financial disaster.  However, most of the time, while we have our guard up for those kinds of attacks, our lives fall prey to the ordinary and obvious.

What we all need in this day is a deliberate walk with God.  We need to ask Him to "order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me" Psalm 119:133.  David came to realize that the threat didn't just lie outside the city gates, but there was "a step between me and death" 1 Samuel 20:3.  These are dangerous times and they call for careful steps.  Let your steps be ordered by the Lord.

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Previous devotions

"Principles of Prayer" - June 24, 2015
"Christian Fellowship" - June 10, 2015
"Founded on Our Knees" - May 27, 2015
"Child Labor" - May 20, 2015
"How to Pray for America" - May 13, 2015
"The Indispensable Mom" - May 6, 2015

"Switched Off" - April 22, 2015
"Coping or Imploding" - April 15, 2015
"Faces to the Coals" - April 8, 2015
"Sowing the Gospel" - April 1, 2015
"Be Watchful" - March 18, 2015
"The Greatness of Service" - March 11, 2015
"You. Can. Pray." - February 25, 2015
"A Godless Christianity" - February 18, 2015
"Waging War on Worry" - February 11, 2015
"Vision" - February 4, 2015
"Strong Confidence" - January 28, 2015
"Revealing Words" - January 21, 2015
"Dark Days" - January 14, 2015
"Sharpen the Ax" - January 7, 2015

"Priceless Gifts" - December 17, 2014
"Authority" - December 10, 2014
"A Prayer of Thanksgiving" - November 19, 2014
"Thoughts on Revival" - November 12, 2014
"Your American Duty" - October 29, 2014
"A Winner" - October 22, 2014
"Passions and Priorities" - October 15, 2014
"Looking for Gold" - October 8, 2014
"The Grass Grows on Your Path" - October 1, 2014
"A Little Hypocrisy" - September 24, 2014
"Keep Singing" - September 17, 2014
"Out of the Darkness" - September 10, 2014
"Treasured Trials" - September 3, 2014
"Smooth Stones" - August 27, 2014
"Call the Foreman" - August 20, 2014
"Holding Each Other Up" - August 13, 2014
"The Glow of the Gospel" - July 9, 2014
"Liberty's Nails of Truth" - July 2, 2014
"A Burden for Today's Youth" - June 18, 2014
"In Himself, Nothing" - June 4, 2014

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