Devotional Readings

Guiding Our Feet

He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail. (1 Samuel 2:9)

A distinguished artist, speaking to some students on artistic composition, declared it to be wrong pictorially to paint a wood or forest without a path leading out of it. When a true artist paints such a landscape, he puts in some suggestion of a path to carry the eye out of the picture. Otherwise the tangle of trees and undergrowth would suffocate us, or the wide, trackless spaces dismay us. So God provides a way of escape for His children.

The way of life is often rough, but the Lord will keep our feet. If we surrender all our ways to Him, He will be our guard and guide. Not only will He give His angels charge to keep us (Psalm 91:11), but He Himself will preserve our goings, He will keep our feet from falling. He will pluck our feet out of the net set by crafty foes (Psalm 25:15) and set them on the solid rock of faith. “He brought me up also . . . out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings” (Psalm 40:2). He will not suffer our feet to be moved from the way of life (Psalm 66:9). He will guide our feet by His Word. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). He will make our feet like hinds’ feet so that we can run the way of His commandments (Psalm 18:33). He will make beautiful the feet of those who bring good tidings (Isaiah 52:7), for they are “shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15). And He will keep the feet of His saints in many other ways. God will lead us in “the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:24).

“I must have the Saviour with me,
For I dare not walk alone;
I must feel His presence near me,
And His arm around me thrown.”


MEDITATION PRAYER: “Make thy way straight before my face” (Psalm 5:8).

from The Promises of God
H.M.S. Richards | Review & Herald (2004)
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