I have a tradition each time I go someplace new – I always take a picture of my feet. This may sound odd, but to me it a symbolic – I am able to stop and say, “look where my feet have taken me today!” Though we have planes and cars that take us most places today, it is our feet that takes us to the sandy beaches, the rugged high mountains, or the grassy green acres. Our feet guide us to all sorts of places and while they serve as the means. it is our minds that determine where our feet should lead us to.
This is what I think about when I read the scripture in Psalms 119:9
“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.”
In the world today, every day is a battle to stay pure in a world that offers us so much. It is too easy to “walk” ourselves into areas that cause us to stumble and sin. We have to fight our own minds, a plethora of advertisements, and other forms of temptation apparent everywhere. So how do we avoid our feet from taking us to locations we ought not to visit? The answer is right there in the second half of verse 9 – “Live according to the Word of God.”
The word of God is amazing it that all the answers are right there for us and most of the time while we know they are, the hard part is applying what we have learned – controlling our minds so that our feet don’t walk us into trouble. That’s when we must learn what it means to go about relying on God because we can’t do it by ourselves. Personally, I know that when I try walking on my own, apart from God, time and time again it ends in failure. The reality is, we cannot do it on our own – when we try to we must remember 1 Corinthians 10:13,
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
While we often want to take complete control and go wherever we like, we must rely on Him and His word. If we do this, we can rest assured knowing that our feet will never mindlessly walk us into trouble that we cannot overcome.