Just Keep Walking

Moses kept walking, despite the fear of rejection and the fear of failure. (Exodus chapters 3-12)

Ruth and Naomi kept walking, despite their grief. (Ruth chapters 1-3)

David kept walking, despite opposition being thrown at him. (2 Samuel 16:5-14)

Elijah kept walking, despite fear, until he found the provision God promised. (1 Kings 17: 2-16)

The woman who bled for 12 years kept walking, despite her illness and label, until she found healing. (Mark 5:25- 29)

In his entire ministry, Jesus knew not everyone would be healed, not everyone would be receptive to his message, not everyone would love him or agree with him. And yet, he knew he had work to do, so he kept walking. He kept walking until he reached the people who wanted to be reached. The people who wanted to be healed, set free, transformed, loved, and accepted. 

I wonder if Jesus felt any kind of frustration with the people who just weren’t willing to “get it”- especially the Pharisees. They were there! They were in the crowds! They saw what he did- the miracles, healings, deliverances. They heard the words, the messages of truth he spoke. They saw what he was capable of and still, they couldn’t believe. It must’ve been hard and heartbreaking. And yet, He kept walking. He kept healing. He kept delivering. He kept preaching the gospel. He kept showing up for people who would betray him and abandon him and pretend like they never knew him. In our own rejection, frustration, and sadness- he gets it. 

There may be times we fear rejection, man’s opinion, or failing. There may be times curses or opposition are thrown at us, either from the enemy or people around us. There may be times we are faced with illness, identity crisis, and grief. There may be times we have to fight to walk in obedience to our own provision and healing. 

And there will absolutely be times that we face people who are unwilling to be changed, healed, loved, freed, transformed, and accepted. But we MUST continue to walk forward with God, declaring the good news of the gospel, announcing our testimony and the power of God, with a confidence and an assurance that there WILL BE people who are desperate and willing to know the freedom found in Jesus. 

Whatever your mission is, whatever you’re facing, whatever lies the enemy has thrown at you, whatever battle you may have to fight on the way- just keep walking!

Lord, give us courage to keep walking with you, even when it hurts. Fill us with boldness and confidence to declare the gospel wherever we go, knowing there is someone in desperation for salvation. Place people in our paths who are willing to be transformed by the power of God. Let us not waste any opportunities to speak Your truth. Most of all, God, would you just reassure us that as we walk, you walk right next to us. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you”

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