We tend to think of ourselves as independent and autonomous individual beings. Day in and day out, we make decisions that seem to dictate the course of our lives. We are in control of out own destiny. Right?
Wrong. Jeremiah 10:23-24 tells a different story:
I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself,
that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.
Correct me, O Lord, but in justice;
not in your anger, lest you bring me to nothing.
The course of our lives is not dictated by our choices. These verses make clear that though we do the walking, the direction we go comes from outside ourselves. We need God’s constant course correction to arrive safely at home. While we so often stray from the path, God, in His justice that was made complete on the cross, corrects our steps and guides us along.
We must trust in Him for this to work. If faith is absent, we will be corrected in the anger and wrath of the Lord. And we cannot withstand that heat. So we pray that God’s faithful and gentle leading would be extended to us as we walk along the path.
We are not autonomous. We need Him for every step, and when we trust Him for those steps, He corrects with His prefect justice, filled with mercy for the faithful in Christ.