Welcome to February!
How was January for you? For many of us, January was a month of decisions, of fasting, praying and trusting God, generally just positioning ourselves for the year, and making the required changes.
However, I am sharing today about the lethargy that tends to set in when we do not see immediate results. Have you ever tried to axe down a tree? You keep hitting it in the same place with the same axe and it looks like nothing is happening.
But you know what?
After all those hits in the same place, it simply takes a final hit to bring the tree down. The axe hit that brings down the tree is not the strongest hit; it is simply the most consistent hit. So, don’t stop hitting the tree simply because you can’t see the tree falling down. Keep at it…stay consistent.
Many of us miss out on the greatest victories of life because we lose steam and cannot stay consistent. Impatience has cheated us of a lot of things. There is a reward for consistently doing the right thing regardless of the outcome. So perhaps you started out in January praying, seeking God, fasting, giving and you seem not to be seeing results just yet and now February is upon us. Gal 6:9 says, ‘Be not weary in well doing for in due season, you will reap if you faint not…’ The Devil can only kill your harvest by stopping you from sowing aright, as doing things consistently is like sowing seeds. As long as you keep sowing you create great opportunities for reaping, according to the law of sowing and reaping.
Think about Elijah praying before the cloud of rain appeared. (1 Kings 18) He prayed 7 times, checking for results all the time. Consistency was what kept him. Imagine if he gave up at the sixth time. Imagine how we may have given up at the end of a breakthrough. Again, just think about the story of Naaman the leper, dipping in the dirty Jordan River 7 times. Imagine if Naaman stopped the sixth time. For many of us, the only key is to keep doing what we are doing according to the instructions we have received, as we don’t know the number of times God, in His infinite wisdom, has ordained for us to do that thing before seeing results.
I heard a story of a man traveling a long distance by road, he knew it was a long trip but it was taking longer than he expected and he was weary. But did it mean that he was not on the right road because it was taking longer than he expected? No. Same way, the fact that you have not seen the results of your consistence or the fact that you have to wait doesn’t mean you made a wrong decision. There is a reward for consistence. Think about the men moving round the wall of Jericho every day for 6 days and 7 times on the 7th day, causing the mighty wall of Jericho to sink into the ground.
One most intriguing story of consistency for me is the story of Jesus’ resurrection. In John 20:1-11, the Bible records that the disciples were first to come to the tomb, saw the linen wrappings on the tomb floor and an empty tomb, and left for home. But Mary Magdalene stayed there weeping and when she stooped and checked again, she saw two angels who told her Jesus was risen. Why check again? Didn’t she hear when Peter and John said he wasn’t there? The reward of consistence. It takes uncommon grace to be patient and stay consistent in the way of the promise.
This is just me encouraging you to stay consistent to the course God put you on and the course you have committed to. Don’t be discouraged because you haven’t seen results yet. Patiently wait for the promise and kill hurry. They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength…means God requires consistence from us. Please don’t give up on doing the right thing day in and day out. You are like a building in progress, every day by your consistence, you are being built up day in and day out. Brick upon brick, appears to be the same layering of brick process but gradually you are being built up. Line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little… Instead of seeking for quick fixes, continue in the instruction God has given you.
Stay consistent and watch God deliver. Keep soaking yourself in the word, keep praying, keep fasting, keep sowing, keep giving, keep investing in your self-development, keep doing something… and watch the tree fall by your consistence.
“Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.” ― Ovid
Welcome to February!!!