“Because you have kept my command to endure, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is going to come on the whole world to test those who live on the earth.”
Picture yourself at the airport. You’ve got your luggage in tow. You’re wearing the right shoes for the expedition you’ve been called to. You’ve got terminals and trains, shuttles and escalators to step into and onto. You are on a mission, and you are surely pressed for time.
But you can’t get there just walking; you’ve got to trust that when you step onto the railway or walkway, you’ll have the time you need before the doors shut you out or you lose your footing. But what happens when you falter or waver in your mission? By His kept Word are we kept safe?
Safety in Our Stepping
A sense of urgency must be present when it comes to trusting the steps we’ve been called to. We have to remember we’re being led by the only One who knows what’s next. But it’s when we second guess those steps that we fall into danger. When we move in confidence, though, we are able to move in sync with the strides and stopping of the escalator or train terminal set before us.
In our calling to endure on mission, it’s only when we keep God’s Word and His command to keep going that we find our true safety. Safety isn’t found in retreating, but in walking boldly forward into whatever lies ahead. This is as true in our early morning airport travels as it is in the grand scheme of God’s call on our lives. Our fear is honoring to no one—not the Lord, not ourselves, and especially not those impacted by our cowardice.
Obedience and Endurance
Just as the Lord spoke to the church in Philadelphia, “Because you have kept my command to endure, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is going to come on the whole world to test those who live on the earth” (Revelation 3:10). It’s through obedience and endurance that we are kept safe—not by retreating or delaying the deference our God is due.
So, we keep moving forward, even when the path seems a little unsteady and our steps a little uncertain. We can trust the God who makes a way where there isn’t one. And He’s the God who grants us the faith we need to believe He will do just that. Because only through His kept Word are we kept safe.
Think about your mission right now. What new steps is the Lord calling you to as it related to all areas of your life? Does it have to do with your family? Your job? Your circles of influence? How can you endure and obey His Word, whatever it means for wherever He takes you next? Reflect on the next steps you can take so that your life shines His truth and makes a way for His love to be made known.