“Put your hope in the Lord. Travel steadily along the path. He will honor you by giving you the land. You will see the wicked destroyed.”
— Psalm 37:34(NLT)
As I approach my 52nd birthday, there are a few things that have become clearer to me about a Christian’s life and walk. One of these is the fact that the Christian life is a marathon, not a sprint.
Psalm 37:34 has brought simplicity to my life in ordering my efforts to “walk” or “run” in a way that will bring pleasure to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Focus has become the foundation of my journey—“put your hope in the Lord.” An eye on the prize means keeping my eye on the path…Jesus is the way. He is my hope.
Time is the test of my walk. To “travel steadily along his path” implies time. It is not an erratic spurt or sprint…it is steadiness and progression—over time. It is not “instant gratification” but persistent plodding.
Experience is the product of my focus and allowing God the time to work in my life. “He will honor you by giving you the land” – this is the work of God on behalf of those who understand that the race is not run in a day.
Outcome is my surrendered life to God in finishing the race He has called me to. “You will see the wicked destroyed” — there is no obstacle at the finish line! The outcome never precedes the focus, time and experience of the race.
Take it from one with the scars of many a fall; you can’t rush the race.