“Better was a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knew how to take advice. For he went from prison to the throne, though in his own kingdom he had been born poor. I saw all the living who move about under the sun, along with that youth who was to stand in the king’s place. There was no end of all the people, all of whom he led. Yet those who come later will not rejoice in him. Surely, this also is vanity and a striving after wind.” Ecclesiastes 4: 13-16
Just a quick note of encouragement to any Christian leader that has had to stand in the day of adversity and give the good testimony. Let us be careful, that in all of our standing, we do not lose sight of the fact that our faithfulness to God is our aim, not faithfulness to a principle. The Holy Spirit is like a river that flows and if we are not careful, we become stagnant water instead of a steady stream. Its usually not purposeful. Its a subtle tactic of the enemy. We dig our heels in believing that we are being faithful to what God has given us in the past, but we lose sight that our job as a disciple is to remain in the vine.
The word for remain is mino which means to remain, to stay in fellowship with, to continue with. If we don’t learn to shift with the Holy Spirit as He flows through time and space, we find ourselves standing in the place that He may have originally called us, but we stand without the authenticity of His ministry flowing through our efforts.
The Lord wants us to finish our leg of the race well. We cannot stand still and run our race. We must be in the flow of the One is the author and finisher of our faith. He is calling us to run on the heights with Him from glory to glory.
In all of our battle weariness, may we not be like the king that no longer knew how to take advice, but may we be like the youth who knows how to allow the Lord to mount us up on eagles wings and not grow weary. He will renew our strength if we will stay in a continual place of surrender to the ever moving current of His precious Spirit.