1Kings 20:11 And the king of Israel answered and said, Tell him, Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that putteth it off.
Two kings are about to do battle. One king warns that he will win and he has no doubts of his upcoming victory. The response is one of my favorite in all the Bible. You shouldnâ€™t be bragging about what you will get done till its done.
This passage cries out a very strong warning to all of us. Getting started is not the hard part. Getting excited is easy. Talking big is cheap. The question is who will have accomplished the goal when the day is over.
We will not take our armor off until we die or get raptured. We can not let our guard down for even a moment. Good lives and ministries have been lost in a moment.
Knowing this should cause us to realize that our enemy will do whatever he can to get us off track and to do something to shame our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and to lose the battle. We are to watch and pray.
Our best intentions can cause us to get off track. We want success so we try to get it in our own flesh. We become pragmatic. I have fallen into this trap. I look to how much I can do and what tricks I can pull and miss out on allowing God to do His work in and through me.
We can get our eyes on men and follow them away from the Scripture.
We can get lazy and not be willing to continue paying the price to serve God. Life is a marathon and not a sprint. Sometimes it seems if we could just get the victory quickly we could hold on but it is never over until it is over. That is a long time from now.
Sometimes I wish life were like a football game or football season but it is not. It lasts and lasts. You get tired. You feel unappreciated. You see others that do not seem to care. You see others that have gotten lazy, laid down the sword and they seem to be happy. So you begin to contemplate taking over your armor prematurely.
Most every young Christian and certainly all young missionaries and pastors get excited when they get called. The problem is that it is day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year and the big thank you doesnâ€™t come until Heaven.
So put your eye on the goal, look to Jesus, decide to please Him, put your hand on the plow, don’t look back and let’s keep on keeping on till we see Jesus.