Steady as she goes. It’s a nautical phrase, a command given by a ship’s captain to the helmsman to stay on the same course when the waters get rough, in spite of wind gusts and cross-currents. And, it’s good advice for Christians to heed.
When the Lord has given you a promise or specific direction for your life, inevitably there will be some rough seas. We tend to think that if we’ve got our sailing orders, God will prepare calm waters before us — but it rarely works out that way.
I would imagine there are times the helmsman feels nervous while carrying out the captain’s orders to stay the course. He might not always think his superior is making the best judgment. And when our personal ship is rolling on the high seas, it’s sometimes hard to remember that Jesus, our Captain, knows what He’s doing too.
We may feel like we’re way down here in the storm, while the One giving the orders is way up there in heaven, radioing commands. But in reality, our Captain is right there in the boat with us, just as He was with His disciples on the Sea of Galilee, when they were shipping water and thought they wouldn’t make it. They did, and we will, too.
If the Lord has laid out a vision for your life, but it has shifted into looking mighty impossible right now, He wants you to keep a steady hand on the helm and stay the course, based on what He has already said to you. You may even have panicky sailors around you shouting contrary orders to you out of obsession with the obvious outward circumstances. Those sailors may be well-meaning people reacting to what they see with their natural eyes. They may be your own fear-filled thoughts, or even injected thoughts from the enemy of your soul to tempt you to disobey.
But you’ve got your Captain’s orders. He’s a wise old seasoned hand Who has seen this kind of storm many a time before and navigated through it successfully. So listen to Him. Do what He says. Steady as she goes.