Today’s Scripture: Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip. PsalmĀ 18:36

Would it surprise you if I told you that I wanted to be like an Ibex? You may be wondering what that even is. The ibex is a desert-dwelling goat which inhabits mountainous areas. They walk, run, and leap in slippery places, yet they remain unharmed. It is amazing how these creatures are able to thrive in areas with such dangerous terrain. When I think about them, it brings to mind Psalm 18:33; “He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places.” I want to be like these creatures because they are constantly delivered from falling.

Many of these goats actually inhabit Engedi in Israel. This reminds me of David. When he was in a slippery situation at Engedi, he chose to put the Lord first. Saul and his men approached the place where David was hiding. For a brief moment, Saul was left alone, completely unguarded. David could have taken his life in an instant, yet all he took was a piece from the hem of Saul’s garment. He displayed wisdom, mercy, and honor when He made the decision to gratify God instead of himself.

David could look back and see all the Lord had done for him since that day at Engedi. In the moment, it appeared that he missed an opportunity to take charge of his life and make things so much easier on himself. In reality, God had far better things in store for David than he could have ever planned.

So often we fall in slippery places because we want to “take charge” of our lives and attempt to deliver ourselves. David had some “I’m going to take charge of my life” moments, but when he turned to the Lord, God delivered David in mercy. We, too, can have a history of deliverance when we put the Lord first in our lives. When His commands, promises, and sovereignty are at the forefront of our minds, we will be spared from falling into sins and will be set in a place where God can greatly use and bless us.

Turn to the Lord today. Confess whatever is standing between you and your relationship with Him. Whether you have hidden sins in your life, or you simply are not making any time to personally commune with the Lord, fix it today. Put Him first in your life, and there will be a day when you look back and see your history of deliverance.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder