O LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.
Proverbs 16 The introduction of GPS in recent years has put a new spin on finding directions. Our phones, tablets, and dedicated GPS devices connect with orbiting satellites to determine where we are and tell us how to get where we want to go. We have to take the steps ourselves, but the directions come from over our heads.
This is not an entirely new idea, of course. The psalmist David said that God has ordained our days—and the steps in those days—before they come to pass (Psalm 139:16). Solomon wrote that “a man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). And the prophet Jeremiah wrote that “a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps” (Jeremiah 10:23, NIV, 1984). The point of these verses is not that God micromanages our individual steps through life. Rather it is the recognition that we need His help to find our way.
Our lives are not our own. We need God to guide our steps to walk us through this thing called life. Based on these verses, ask God to guide you today and every day. Divine guidance beats all others.
Every Christian ought to be a Bible Reader. It is the One Habit, which, if done in the right spirit, more than any other one habit, will make a Christian what he ought to be in every way.
Henry Halley in Halley’s Bible Handbook