Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees!
— Psalm 119:5
There has been countless times where I’ve felt like the psalmist who wrote this verse. “Oh God, that my ways were steadfast, unwavering, consistent in obedience to you!” I want to obey God fully, but I constantly find mind myself falling short. Why is this so? I feel like the Apostle Paul who said in Romans 7:15, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” Sometimes it feels as if there is no remedy; however there is a remedy, and the psalmist found it. Notice who this verse is addressed to. This verse is directly addressed to God – the only one who can create steadfast, consistent obedience in us.
When you fall short; when you miss the mark; when you are broken over the sin you have committed… turn to God! It sounds simplistic but it’s the only answer and it’s usually the last thing we want to do. Our flesh and the enemy will heap guilt on us, convincing us to try and hide our shame from God by running away. Do what the psalmist did and cry out to God and be real with Him. Understand that crying out to God to create this type of steadfast obedience isn’t a one-time quick-fix solution, but comes through continuous fellowship and communion with God.
Heavenly Father, I want my ways to be steadfast in obedience to you and I acknowledge that if left to myself, it’s impossible. I thank you for not leaving me to myself, but for giving me your Holy Spirit. I pray Lord, that you would create that type of consistent obedience inside of me by your power through fellowship with you. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN!