Stay the Course
I wondered today if Abraham, while waiting for the promised son, ever thought “Okay, how much longer do I have to wait? This is taking too long?” This thought came to mind as I was thinking about our current state of affairs and what things look like right now. Our nation is covered in prayer every day, gatherings have stood in repentance and worship, intercessors have wailed and prophesied Papa’s mercy and justice among other things. Scripture tells us that when Abraham asked God if he would spare the city of He found certain numbers of righteous within, He said He would.
And Abraham came near and said, “Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it? Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” So the Lord said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.” Then Abraham answered and said, “Indeed now, I who am but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose there were five less than the fifty righteous; would You destroy all of the city for lack of five?” So He said, “If I find there forty-five, I will not destroy it. ” And he spoke to Him yet again and said, “Suppose there should be forty found there?” So He said, “I will not do it for the sake of forty.” Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Suppose thirty should be found there?” So He said, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.” And he said, “Indeed now, I have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose twenty should be found there?” So He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty.” Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?” And He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.” So the Lord went His way as soon as He had finished speaking with Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place (Genesis 18:23-33 NKJV).So as I pondered this question, I heard the Holy Spirit say “Stay the course.”
I do not believe that God has ignored our prayer. In fact, I know He has heard. We have to remember Papa is outside of time, seeing every end from its beginning. His word does not return void.
“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it (Isaiah 55:10-11 NKJV).Many of us are biting our nails and hoping that something changes or gives, we fear what we hear from the news and we may even think Papa has forgotten us. SHUT THAT DOWN! Stay the course.
When Papa gave Abraham the promise, Abraham did not question Him on when, where or even how! He did what he had been doing, moving forward in faith and trusting Papa for the promise.
This is our time to exercise faith and do what we have been given to do. Move forward in our callings, gifting and pursuit of God. To keep going, steadfast, unwavering, standing on our firm foundation. “Stay the course” is what the Holy Spirit says, another way of saying “stand still and see the salvation of the Lord” and “be still and know that I am God”. This is not the time to second guess our spiritual temperature and course; it is to know that our outcome is not dependent upon a man, but upon our faith and trust in the One who created man.
God is not a man that He should lie. The prophetic as a whole were not wrong. God is up to something and we are to be a faithful and expectant remnant trusting the outcome to Him.