Everywhere I turn in scripture lately, God has been showing me the words stand firm. This morning as I was reading through Isaiah 7 I saw in vs. 9 the words, “If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.” I had underlined that previously in my bible so when I read it again, I began meditating on it.
I then began thinking of all of the other “stand” scriptures that God had been placing on my heart lately. Just a few days ago, we were awaiting a category 5 hurricane and wondering what this ugly storm was going to do, and God gave me 2 Chronicles 20:17, “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem.” That scripture gave me such peace in preparing for the storm. I knew in my heart of hearts, God would see us through and He did.
I heard, Ephesians 6:13-14: “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand, Stand firm then,..” I thought, Yes Lord, that’s it. When we have done everything we can do to stand, we have to stand some more.
The truth is, we say we “stand on the promises of God.” We say we are people of faith, but, when calamity comes, we fall on our faces more like spiritual beggars before Him, crying out for His mercy and help. We say we are a people who “know our God will come!” But, then while He is on the way, we question the entire time what His motives are and whether He really will. Come on ya’ll. We have to be real.
We need not feel condemned about this, we simply must allow the conviction of God’s Word to strengthen our faith. There is nothing new under the sun. I think about the Book of Joshua. He was an amazing hero of faith, but the truth is, God fought every fight that they faced and the one battle that God withdrew because there was sin in the camp, they lost and God found Joshua face down in his tent crying like a baby.
I love what God said to Joshua, “Get up! Why are you down on your face?” The truth is, the Joshua we know in Chapter 24 who says, “As for me and my house, we will serve The Lord.” had to grow up quite a bit and learn how to stand firm in his faith, before he could make a bold and courageous statement like that. And, so do we.
How do we get bold and courageous in our faith standing on the promises of God, I mean truly standing, and not singing about standing on Sundays in worship, but fleeing in fear on Monday morning? The answer is learning to stand firm.
You see, we can’t just stand, because if standing is all we do, the first harsh wind will knock us down spiritually. We have to do what God tells Isaiah to tell the people to do. We have to stand firm. Isaiah 7:10 says, “If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.”
Brothers and sisters, standing firm in our faith means we will have to have things to stand against. Sorry! I know that doesn’t sound very fun, but it’s true. In order to have to stand firm, we need to expect that opposition will be against us to test our foundation. People who stand firm ignore what the world says about their blind faith. People who stand firm fight through the fear that comes so naturally to us by pushing through it with shaking knees and a pounding heart. People who stand firm say things and do things of faith that seem reckless to others. People who stand firm get up off their faces and they lift their eyes to the hills because they know that’s where their help comes from, the Maker of Heaven and Earth.
Yes, God just keeps saying, “stand firm”, so I will strengthen my feeble arms and weak knees and I will Stand firm. Will you stand firm with me?