God leads us one step at a time. The psalmist said, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way” (Psalm 37:23 NKJV).

It is no accident that the psalmist used the word steps when he revealed the existence of God’s plan for our lives. While God has each of our journeys mapped out ahead of time, He establishes them in a successive series of small steps, and that is the way He makes them known to us.

This foundational principle of guidance is graphically illustrated in Psalm 119:105 NKJV: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

When an ancient traveler journeyed at night, he carried an oil lamp. As he walked along, swinging the lamp out in front, he would see the rocks and ruts directly ahead of him in the road, and he could avoid them. Sometimes travelers actually strapped small clay lamps to their ankles to illuminate the path ahead, one step at a time, as they walked.

This is how God uses His Word to guide you.

He does not promise a brilliant blaze of light to illuminate the road for miles ahead. He promises a lamp to your feet—just enough light for your next step.

Some steps are giant strides. One decision can commit you to a certain course for years to come, possibly for a lifetime. Others are tiny, just a quick shuffle forward. But however big or small a step may be, it is still one single step. Many other single steps will follow as you walk with Jesus day by day.

Wherever you are at this moment in your Christian walk, God is ready to show you the next step in His plan for your life.