June 19, 2019

Pastoral Nuggets: In It for the Long Haul

2 Samuel 3:1(KJV) states, “Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.”

None of us like war, much less a long war.

We want to address an issue, solve it immediately, and move on.

Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Change, if it comes at all, usually doesn’t come quickly.

The Bible cites this in Mark 9:28-29(KJV) regarding the disciple’s inability to remove a stubborn demon.

The passage says, “And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” In other words, to see the success they desired, required them to commit to the long haul of the process!

Fifteen years passed from the time King David was anointed to be king until he actually became king.  It wasn’t instantaneous.  He had a lot to experience. Why? Because God had to transform David from a shepherd to a king.

God had to bring David from a point where it must have seemed to him as if he couldn’t win, to a point where he knew he couldn’t lose. That took a while!  It still does today! And for some of us, who are on the hardheaded side, it takes even longer!

However, somewhere along the way, as 2nd Samuel 3:1 states, David reached a tipping point – a point where he was no longer the weaker house, but rather, the stronger. Why? Because he had committed to the long haul of the process.

Herein is an encouraging word to all who are reading this column. As you seek success in your life, career, marriage, family, ministry, or a myriad of other things, and perhaps things aren’t going so well for you, the very first thing you need to do is to commit, or recommitted, to the long haul of the process.

Soon enough, you’ll reach a tipping point, and you’ll no longer be the weaker house; you’ll be stronger than any obstacle that crosses your path and tries to stop you from reaching your goal.

Sometimes, as with David in the opening passage, the only way to win is to simply outlast whoever and whatever stands between you and success.

I read a story about some boxers. Buster Douglas was to fight Iron Mike Tyson. To this point in his career, Iron Mike simply walked into the ring, and in the first round or two, knocked out his opponent. Knowing this, Buster Douglas made it his mission to make sure the fight went the distance. Iron Mike didn’t train for this. As the fight proceeded, Buster Douglass got stronger and Iron Mike grew wearier. Buster Douglas won!

And in the “Thrilla in Manilla,” in sweltering, hundred plus degree heat and humidity, Mohammed Ali and Joe Frazier engaged in what is arguably the greatest professional boxing match ever. It is reported that during the fight, both men wanted to quit.

At one-point Ali begged his corner to cutoff his gloves. His corner refused. Evidently, they saw something in Ali that he didn’t see in himself at that moment. At the 14th round, Joe Frazier’s corner refused to allow him to continue. Ali won the fight. How? By outlasting Joe Frazier! He went from thinking he couldn’t win to thinking he couldn’t lose!

Again, “As you seek success in your life, career, marriage, family, ministry, or a myriad of other things, and perhaps things aren’t going so well for you, the very first thing you need to do is to commit, or recommitted, to the long haul of the process.

Soon enough, you’ll reach a tipping point, and you’ll no longer be the weaker house; you’ll be stronger than any obstacle that crosses your path and tries to stop you from reaching your goal.”

Brother Aaron 

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