Steadfast – Stand Firm – Stand Still – Immovable. In this Day of Change, we long for something that is secure. Something that will last. Something we can count on no matter what. We buy security gadgets for our house, cover the house, our lives and car with insurance, and yet we search for the Unchanging in our world.
Let’s look in God’s Word. Imagine with me a people who lived under slavery in Egypt for hundreds of years. Moses, through the power of God, led them out of Egypt. Were they saved completely from the Egyptians? The people stood on the banks of the Red Sea; they saw the horsemen and chariots in the distance streaking toward them. They were terrified as they saw instant death approaching.
† - But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. Exodus 14:13
Stand still? What else could they do? I can see the women weeping and holding their children closely. Surely Moses spoke in jest, that they would never see the Egyptians again. What could the Lord do? Why did they follow Moses anyway? Behind them, they heard a mighty ‘swoosh’ as the waters heaped up leaving a dry path across the sea. Who could do this? Adonai, God the Father, the Creator of all we see every day, parted the water and they passed to the far shore. They turned back to see another mighty swoosh as the waters closed again over the heads of the Egyptians that had followed them. Stand Still and Watch the Lord Rescue You Today. Often the Word of God says Wait. † - Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:14
When our world seems to have come to a stand still – as calamity comes upon us through separation, death, a debilitating and terminal disease, we think our world has come to an end. No one cares, not even God, is what we believe. It is then the dawn breaks, a sign of the steadfastness of God. The rising sun is unchangeable. The seasons change, the rains come, bounteous harvests speak of the steadfastness of God.
My Aunt Irene sent me a card with this verse --† -The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23. This card greets me each morning and reminds me to give praise and glory to God for His Mercy and Steadfast Love. This is Hope. Hope for the new day to give thanks, to remember Him, to see my life through His eyes. Thank you, Aunt Irene!
Have you ever felt the power of God? Known the wisdom of His Love? Had prayers answered? Known the surety of His love?
When we visited our daughter and her family in California, the experience I had was life changing. We went to the beach, walked on the sand. I gazed out at the curved horizon. After I removed my shoes and waded into the ocean and stood as the waves pulled at me, threatening to topple me into the water. I knew I was at the edge of the ‘pull’. Yet, its strength continued to tug at me. And I knew a small inkling of the power of God. The steadfastness of the waves and the power of the waves made me know how real God is. Can you imagine Jesus calming the storm, or walking on the water? Can you see Jonah in the midst of the storm? Remember how Jesus changed the water to wine?
Then the woman at the well being introduced to living water…† - Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” John 4:10-12
I stood in the ocean that summer day, feeling God’s power, remembering, and knowing that God created every drop of water, and gave his Son, Jesus to give me the understanding of eternity with Him. No pain, no tears, no dying.
Life is a series of choices – each of us make the ultimate choice of faith and trust in God. If we have choose life, we have it abundantly. † - The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
† - Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. I Corinthians 15:58
† - But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. Psalm 13:5
† - All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. Psalm 25:10
† - For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10
† - Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2
† - May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. 2 Thessalonians 3:5
† - Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4
† - Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
† - Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. James 5:11
† - For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 2 Peter 1:5-7