14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)
Strategic pause is a phrase I have heard both in the Air Force and in the Army. The idea is that operations are so high and people are busy that there is a need to take break or stop long enough to check and ensure that everyone is okay, take care of different housekeeping items, ensure everyone is on the same page and that the organization is going in the right direction.
This sounds like life to me as well. Life is busy. Life can get hard and the burdens seem to far out weigh the rests. We can get off track and focus on the wrong things. There are times we need a pause.
I would argue we should pause before we need to pause. I believe that is what God wants of us. He wants us to come to Him often and with confidence that He will hear, He will act, and we will be “strategically aligned” to the eternal purpose of the gospel. Jesus Christ lived as we live and He did it without sin. Therefore, He knows what we are going through literally and He has the divine power to intercede and help us. Moreover, He wants to.
Throughout the day, we should pause and confidently go to our Heavenly Father through prayer and make known what is on our heart and lay our burdens at His feet. We will get more than we deserve and what we get will be just what we need at that moment. Grace for the moment! We pray, God hears, angels act and His children are ministered to.
Be strategic. Plan to be with God. Take your cares to Him. Trust He will not forsake you (Hebrews 13:5) and that He will work for you. Purposefully pause before you unwillingly get stopped by the load and burdens of this world and Satan’s efforts to derail you. Grace for the moment is a prayer away!