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Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:2-4, 1 Corinthians 15:58, Psalm 62:6
Throughout scripture, we are repeatedly asked to “stand firm”. Some verses instruct us to stand firm with the belt of truth (Eph. 6:14), without fear (Job 11:15) and with courage (1 Cor. 16:13). We are called to stand firm in our faith because that is specifically where the enemy wants to attack us. Whether we are distracted or distraught, if our faith is shaky, it is easy for us to fall down.
This summer, I participated in Beth Moore’s summer study on her book, “Children of the Day.” On day 4 of week 3, Beth discussed being immovable. She looked at Paul’s relationship with the Thessalonians and his efforts to send Timothy ahead to encourage and strengthen them in their faith so that they would not be moved by the trials that were to come (and the ones they had already experienced).
This month, we will look at living through trials and what it means to stand firm in them. The NIV translation of 1st Corinthians 15:58 states, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you.” Other translations say, “Be immovable.” Beth painted a picture of someone telling us that they are going to push us down. What would we do in that situation? Well, hopefully, we would steady our feet and stand firm!
It is the same way with the trials we experience. Tomorrow, Britni will discuss Jesus’ warning that we will experience trials of many kinds (John 16:33). So today, let’s plant our feet firmly and be prepared. Psalm 62:6 says, “Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.”
Is your faith at a shaky place? Are you going through a trial during this season of life? Big or small, please comment and tell us, so that we can be praying for you. We were not meant to go it alone. If it’s a private matter, simply share what you feel comfortable, because God knows what you are going through.
To conclude, I will leave you with Beth’s words because I couldn’t say it better myself.
“Today’s lesson poses the question: what if we weren’t surprised? What if we really did come to expect fiery ordeals, not as pessimists but as the prepared? What if we did come to expect that life was going to push us with pressure to compress us? What if we were ready in advance for things like peer pressure, cultural compression, and religious oppression? If we’re not prepared, when they push, we are moved. But if we are prepared, we plant our feet, bend our knees, and hold tight with all our might.” (1)
Stand firm, ladies. It is harder to push down a wall of many than the lone soldier standing off by himself. We are in this together.
1Moore, Beth (2014). Children of the Day. Nashville: LifeWay Press.