I’ve had this song verse stuck in my head for weeks. One of those lines that’s been rolling around my head because something in it spoke to my heart. The song is “Fix Your Eyes” by For King and Country – my current favorite song.
“It takes a soldier who knows his orders to walk the walk I’m supposed to walk.”
I used to think it was enough just to believe in God and live a good life. The Bible was a guidebook on how to live the way God wanted – to love and serve others. Never thought about being so surrendered to God that I’d focus my life on following God’s orders.
Yet that’s what God wants from us…
He wants us to be closer to Him, to truly surrender our lives and follow Him. When we look to Him for that guidance, He can do SO much more with our lives than when we try to do it on our own.
I’m learning that to truly follow God and live into His better future for my life, I need His direction on which path to take and His help to stay on that path.
I recall sitting in a discussion about discerning God’s call in our lives. The speaker described the discernment process as feeling your way through dimly lit room and searching for the next step to be illuminated, trusting and hoping you stepped in the right direction.
At the time, I felt I was in a pitch black room. I didn’t know which way to turn, what path God wanted me to take. Wasn’t really sure how this process was supposed to work.
So, I prayed. Prayed that I was going to take the next step I found and just trust that if I stepped in the wrong direction God was big enough to guide me back. Then I began to take itty bitty baby steps forward, trying to see the path, trying to find even the dim light.
As I took more steps into the discernment process, the most amazing thing happened – the path began to light up. Not the brightly lit yellow brick road leading me to some clear destination (wouldn’t that be great!), but rather one stepping stone at a time bathed in the dim light. Just enough light to see where I should step next, but still shrouding the full path in darkness.
I’m just a foot soldier in God’s army. Not ready or equipped to handle the big picture. My rank doesn’t get to see the full battle plan. Better to let it unfold one step at a time, each step coming when I’m ready.
My job – our job – is to be faithful to the path before us. To ask God for that guidance to show us the path, show us the next step and then follow it. Some of the steps may not make much sense at the time, but we have to trust that He has the big picture. Not every order makes sense to the soldier, but he follows in trust that someone has that big picture and his individual role is vital to the success of the whole. The same holds true for us. Trust that each step we take obedience is vital to God’s bigger plans.
Sometimes it’s hard to walk this path of faith. There are much easier paths we could choose. I’ve found, though, that taking the time to discern next steps through prayer and taking the steps I believe are aligned with God’s plan for my life keep me focused. Once I have these prayerfully-considered orders, I have more resolve to stick with them.
Walk the walk I’m supposed to walk, following God’s orders for my life.
Check out the song, “Fix My Eyes” by For King and Country, here –