“Sometimes I walk” by Pastor Shelia Wynn

I was thinking about our Christian journey, and the highs and lows we all have along the way.  We tend to think to be a victorious  Christian, we should be running everyday, wide-open, or we are failing.  However, God gives balance to our lives.  I know I learn more when I’m slowed down by a mountain than when I run freely with no resistance.  In Psalms 18:29 we see that David’s faith was at a high, he was at a good season.  For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.  David, with the Lord’s help, was able to overtake armed, enemy soldiers, and he secured the victory.  However, He was not always unafraid and ready to run to overtake an enemy.  David’s journey had many low seasons.  We see in Psalm 27:13 that David had a low time in his life:  I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.  Don’t panic when you’re not able to run; just walk, or stand,  but never turn back!

There are times we will have to walk because the way is too rocky and treacherous.  In Luke 13:31 Jesus was in Galilee doing miracles and teaching: Luke 13:31-  The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.  Most likely, the message was sent by Herod.  The Pharisees were trying to frighten Jesus away by telling Him that Herod would kill Him as he had killed John the Baptist if He did not leave Herod’s jurisdiction.  Herod was angry because of the strong teachings Jesus had taught that day, the miracles he had done and the popularity He was gaining.  Herod did not want His people listening to the teachings of Jesus.  However, Jesus stayed in Galilee which was Herod’s jurisdiction: to continue His work for a few more days.

Jesus sends Herod a bold message.   Luke 13:32-  And HE said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

Jesus declares to the Pharisees to tell Herod He would continue teaching and working miracles in his territory until His work was done there.  Jesus was not afraid of Herod opposing Him or his hostility and his threats; Jesus would continue to heal and deliver until His time came to go to Jerusalem.  No matter what Jesus faced, He continued to WALK  and do what He was called to do.  We must do the same when we are tried and threatened with Satan’s fearful tactics.  Luke 13:33- Nevertheless I must walk today, and tomorrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.  The word walk here means “working, going about doing good”, casting out devils, and healing diseases:  Jesus would continue to work miracles and to teach in Galilee until it was time for Him to go.  He told them to tell Herod he would be leaving but, not because He was afraid of him, but rather because His time will have come that He should leave.  We must do as Jesus did.  CONTINUE TO WALK, when we can’t run until our time has come to an end…