A successful army marches to a tempo in unison. It’s not just for show; it signifies the value of a team, boosts confidence in the individual, and intimidates an opposing force. It reinforces the need for discipline and consistency to become a strong unit.

They would not be able to do so if everyone marched to their own beat. Would they hear the orders of those in leadership? Would they find strength in their numbers to the same degree? Probably not. You cannot be in tempo if you are in tension.

Think of the situations in your life right now. Do you have areas where there is tension? Like a tense muscle in your body, tension in any part of our lives will have a similar effect. A muscle held in chronic tension will use up all of your energy and not only cause pain and muscle weakness, but overall fatigue. It will restrict your freedom of movement. The ripple effect continues as lack of daily movement then causes stiffness, reduced mobility, and impaired balance, and furthermore, inviting disease or other conditions of ill health.

Tension will fight against consistency in your life, many times causing us to march to our own beat rather than in unison with God’s tempo. You won’t be able to hear His voice and direction when tension restricts your movement. If it goes too long unattended, it can cause much greater emotional and spiritual obstacles as well.

To walk aligned to God’s tempo, remember you must deal with any part of your life that is restrictive. Ask yourself what are the main things that prevent you from staying disciplined and consistent, and seek God to find a way to combat it and return to His pace.

Choose God, in whom there are always ways to find healing and strength, rather than wrestle on your own with the struggles tension brings.

“This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:6-7