As a child I often thought about how small I was compared to God in the perspective of a board game with tiny pieces moved around the board by the masters hand. The difference becoming more apparent the longer I live that more times than not we act and move as if we were the ones controlling our next move. We act in the moment without thought or regard to how that one action, that one move affects the entirety of our life or the lives of others. We act as if we are in control, dependent only upon what we deem to be the most appropriate next move.
The reality is that we are completely and totally dependent upon the mercies of our Heavenly Father. Even though life is not a board game and He has given us free will to move, it is in recognizing our “unceasing dependence” upon Him that the next move, the next course of action for our life becomes the one that moves us toward His ultimate goal for our lives.
“O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.” Jeremiah 10:23
“The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.” Lamentations 3:24-26
As I look back over the various choices I have made, the moves I have taken, the ones I made on my own versus the ones directed by God are very evident. The more time that passes I realize more and more just how “unceasingly dependent” I am upon my Heavenly Father. Every decision I make affects the direction in which I move, either closer to God or farther away; closer to His plan for my life or farther away.
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.” Proverbs 3:6-7