You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God. (Psalm 119:1, The Message).
Has God revealed something to you? Is there something God has spoken to you that hasn’t come into being? Do you have a desire in your heart that you can’t seem to explain to others? Yet, you know God understands! What’s keeping you from pursuing that desire with all your heart? Maybe you have given up on God, thinking, “That’s not what He really said for me to do.” The Psalmist says here you are blessed if you stay the course.
Maybe there is something God called you to and circumstances blocked your path. Where are you now? Are you still on the road? Maybe you are still on the road but have settled for selling lemonade instead of walking steadily. After-all, you heard once when life throws you lemons you should make lemonade. Or have you given up altogether and decided to cut your own path?
I was listening to Steven Furtick’s message, “Don’t Stop on 6.” It’s a message on Joshua and the people of Israel as they were headed for the Promised Land. On the road, they encountered many obstacles and problems. Jericho was one of those problems in their path. God told Joshua to lead the people around Jericho. Literally, they marched in circles around Jericho. For 6 days they made one lap each day around the city. What if they had given up on day 6? What if they had given up on lap 6 of day 7?
It doesn’t matter where you are in life. If you are a college student struggling to understand God’s plan, or if you are in your 40’s/50’s wishing you had made other choices. Blessed are those who stay the course! Don’t give up. Don’t quit. Has God given you a dream – a passion – something you can’t let go of… yet you haven’t arrived? Don’t stop here! Keep pressing on. Let Him take you deeper in His Word. Deeper with those He has put in and around your life. God’s purposes are much greater on the road He reveals over the path either one of us could carve out on our own.
In Matthew 7:14, Jesus said, “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (NIV).
Josiah was eight years old when he became king. He ruled for thirty-one years in Jerusalem. He behaved well before God. He kept straight on the path blazed by his ancestor David, not one step to the left or right. (2 Chronicles 34:1, The Message).
Our lives aren’t meant to be a sprint to the finish line but rather a long distance endurance race. Don’t allow the mountain in front of you to keep you from finishing the race strong! Take it one step at a time. Keep your focus on your footing and keep on walking steadily.
I picked up a journal recently I was writing in 2009. The interesting thing for me is that I am still praying about the same thing today that I was then. I’m even praying over the same passage of Scripture. My initial reaction was, “Wow, I can’t believe that!” I thought for a moment why continue… but that thought process quickly changed. What if Israel had stopped on 6. I’m not stopping either.
Day 7 is on it’s way if we keep walking steadily!