For centuries the North Star, or Polaris, has been helping travelers get their bearings. Whether traversing a dry uncharted desert or sailing through waters without a horizon in sight, the North Star has kept travelers from losing themselves. Because it is located nearly at the north celestial pole, it marks the way due north. It is bright but only the 50th brightest star above us. The North Star is famous for holding nearly still while the entire northern sky turns around it.
Today’s verse reminds us of the fact that the God of this universe is willing to lead and guide His people. He shows us the way because of His amazing unfailing love. He uses His incredible strength to lift us up out of the deep slimy pit of mud and mire and to set our feet back on firm solid ground (Psalm 40:2). His love for us never falters, even when we ignore His leading and fall away. We may step out of His will but we never step out of His care. His correction and instruction light the way back to His presence (Prov. 6:23).
What a precious thought that He cares enough to see every wayward step. He does not want me to go through life unclear and confused about my direction. He has redeemed me and I am HIs. His love will never fail me, even when I am not looking up for His direction. In my pride I may think I have it all together when in fact I may be inadvertently putting distance between us. His guidance keeps me warm and close.
Lord, keep me looking to You for each step.