Discouragement is so bold. It does not know a palace or a shack. It does not distinguish between a king and a pauper. Discouragement can hide behind make-up, clothes and at times even behind a smile. Discouragement will either catch a ride with you on your way to work or on your way back home. In my article God Remembers, I pointed out that in this walk of life, every one of us has had moments when we felt like throwing up our hands in the air, give up and walk away. That’s just how daring discouragement can be.
See being a visionary person in life is the most painful thing at times. A visionary person dreams of what will be and wakes up to the reality of what is. At a very young age, David is anointed to be king over Israel. That must have been a delightful moment. What we would refer to as dream-come-true, yet after that David goes back to the fields to watch over his father’s sheep.
I don’t know about you, but this is where I find myself wanting to make a prayer to God asking Him not to show me what He holds for me in the days to come. Why show me that I’ll be king only for me to go back to the bush and watch over the sheep? Why is it so difficult that I have to run away and hide in the caves of Adullam to save myself from King Saul who is out to kill me yet You Lord already anointed me to be king?
As a writer, it is obvious for me to fancy life as book, moving from one chapter to another.
Psalm 37:23 (NKJV) The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.
In essence life is a staircase. But who likes steps? Steps are not interesting, they are exhausting, they take longer, and muscles are involved. If we had the ability we would build escalators and elevators all over to ease our cruise to our destinies. Yet God decides not to order our cruise into the promised future but He chooses to order our steps. Interesting that the bible says “And He delights in his way”;
Truth be told at times there’s nothing delightful about the steps. God all I wanted was a good job with a good salary not a boss who will frustrate my life, all I wanted was to date a good guy / lady, not someone who will cheat on me and lie to my face breaking my heart to pieces, all I wanted was for You to take me to the palace and make me the king, not for You to anoint me and take me back to the bush to watch after my daddy’s sheep.
See, God is not in a hurry to give us the things He has promised us. Sometimes God’s goodness is proven in His ability to say “Not Yet”. He is a relational God, He wants that relationship. With every step He takes you through, He is working out something in you. Like I said in my previous article, God is not preparing the blessing for you; He is preparing you for the blessing, because a blessing given too soon is not a blessing at all. Thank God for that joker who left you for another man just because he promised her a car, thank God for that teacher who called you good for nothing, thank God for that boss who frustrated your efforts, thank God for the people who ridiculed you and said you’ll amount to nothing, all these were tools that God was using to work out something in you on the steps to your destiny.
Don't give up on the steps, don't collapse on the steps, don’t faint on the steps, and don’t murmur on the steps. When the going gets tough, at times you got to pause right there and praise Him, thank Him on the steps, encourage yourself on the steps.
Psalm 42:5 (NIV) Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God.
It is a step at a time, press on toward the mark with the understanding that your steps are ordered by God. You can trust Him, even when the steps don’t seem like they’re leading to what you anticipated.
Child of God, Stay on course!