We’re all on a path, and our lives are moving in a specific direction (good or bad) based on the decisions we make daily. God has set before us life and death, blessing and curses; and He urges us to choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19). God knows the plans that He has for us, “plans to prosper [us] and not to harm [us], plans to give [us] hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11), but we choose if we follow the plan pathed with His promises.
When we choose God, our steps need to reflect Him. However, choosing life, which is the will of God, will require conscious and intentional decision making. It is not easy. Most often, taking steps toward the plan that God has for us is against the momentum of our lives and contrary to the world we occupy; for “narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life” (Matthew 7:13). Therefore, we’re not meant to lean on our own understanding, but rather we’re called to have faith and to trust that when we submit all our ways unto Him, that He will make straight our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).
This does not mean that the plan of God is without struggles, but the plan is pathed with His promises. He promises to strengthen those who put their hope in Him (Isaiah 40:29), and that no matter what happens, nothing will ever be able to separate us from His love (Hebrews 13:5).