As I sat down with my Bible today, three times, I came across the words, Stand Firm.
And quite honestly, I just wanted to close my Bible and go lay down.
Standing firm isn’t easy. Standing firm takes work. Standing firm doesn’t come naturally.
For we are naturally swayed by our emotions and feelings.
Thus, God tells us again and again to Stand Firm!
So what does this mean and how is it accomplished?
Especially when standing firm is hard and when your knees are weak, tired and worn.
The dictionary defines standing firm as a verb to mean to withstand, hold out, resist or not give into.
Peter understood this truth and why it was needed.
In First Peter, he is warning the church that suffering and hardship would come. Basically he tells them to be ready and not be surprised by it. “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you (4:12).
Throughout this letter, he warns the people and then tells them what they should do when these hard times come.
He says: “Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. For your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ,w ill Himself, perfect,confirm, strengthen and establish you (5:6-10).”
So, how do we stand firm when our knees are weak?
First, we must humble ourselves. Throughout Scripture, we are told this is something we are to do. This is an act of our will, acknowledging our desperate need for the Lord.
Second, we are to give our cares and worries to Him. He wants us to give them to Him and leave them there. Yet, if your anything like me, I tend to give them to Him, but before long, these anxieties are back in my hands and have become my focus. This will not do. We must cast our cares on Him, knowing that He does care!
Third, we have to remember that we have an enemy, who wants to destroy us. There is no easier time for him to do this, than when we are suffering or going through trials. He knows we are weak and will use this against us.
Which is why fourth, we must resist him by standing firm in our faith.
“Now faith, is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).”
We stand firm then not basing things on how we feel or our situation.
We stand firm in faith. Believing God is who He says He is. Believing He is bigger than our situation.
Fifth, we recognize that we are not the only one’s suffering or going through hard times. Keeping things in perspective that we most likely do have it better than others.
Finally, we hang on to hope that the suffering/trials will not last forever. That after a while, the Lord will use this time to perfect, confirm, establish and strengthen us.
Psalms 18: 32:33 – “It is God who girdeth me with strength and maketh my way perfect. He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places.”