We’re in a Marathon not a Sprint
Keep the pace, stay the course and steady as she goes, are phrases I am hearing in the Spirit. Another is slow and steady finishes the race.
When you are running a marathon as a opposed to a sprint, persistent, consistent, and diligent progress, though slower, is the strategy needed to finish the race. Having a marathon mentality is what we will need to accomplish our God given assignment in this hour.
Having a sprint psychology right now will not help us. It will be tempting to go for a quick fix or a flash launch. The short distance of a sprint calls for a high energy burst that propels you off the mark. It’s all about the launch and high speed. Stumble at the beginning and it has probably cost you the race. That burst gets you going, but it isn’t sustained for long. It works great for a sprint, but it won’t work when running a marathon. And spiritually speaking, we are in a marathon. Going for the quick launch could prove to be counterproductive to the Lord’s purposes.
Taking it a bit slower, yet with consistent and steady momentum is what is needed. A marathon is about going the distance. And if we are going to go the distance we will have need of endurance.
For you have need of patient endurance [to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising], so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised.Hebrews 10:36
HOLY SPIRIT ENDURANCE
Steady as She Goes: In nautical terms steady is the instruction given to the helmsman to keep the ship on the same course. God is saying, “Stay on this course.” There are some who have already been given directions. But they are looking to make changes that are not in keeping with the instructions Holy Spirit has already conveyed. If you have to go back to God and He will confirm to you the direction He has for you in this hour. Making changes God hasn’t called for will take you on a course that He does not intend for you. Follow the counsel of Holy Spirit. The wind of the Spirit will blow you in the right direction. So take your hand off the wheel.
It means not making drastic changes right now. If you are making a cross country road trip you will actually cover a greater distance on a tank of gas if you are doing 55MPH as opposed to 85MPH. Getting there faster isn’t on God’s agenda right now. We will be keep in step with God’s timing if we let Him lead. He is setting the pace. And He is saying, “Steady as she goes. Keep this pace.”
We are going to need to have strength and energy when we arrive at our destination, so to speak. In order to do that we are going to have to take on a marathon mentality. This is about going the distance.
We will arrive exactly when He intends, provided we keep in step and stay the course.
Fulfillment will require listening and adhering to the ongoing commands of our Captain (Messiah Yeshua). He has set the pace. Trust that He will get us safely to port exactly when He has destined for us to do so.
Keep it slow and steady for now and you will surely cross that finish line.
“And now I entrust you to God and the message of his grace that is able to build you up and give you an inheritance with all those he has set apart for himself.Acts 20:32