Bible Society of South Africa
Benescke Janse van Rensburg

Still I will – Day 6

Still I will stand firm

Bible text(s)

The Security of God's People

1Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,

which can never be shaken, never be moved.

Psalms 125:1GNBOpen in Bible reader

Final Words

13Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be brave, be strong.

1 Corinthians 16:13GNBOpen in Bible reader

10but when what is perfect comes, then what is partial will disappear.

1 Corinthians 13:10GNBOpen in Bible reader

9But his answer was: “My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak.” I am most happy, then, to be proud of my weaknesses, in order to feel the protection of Christ's power over me.

2 Corinthians 12:9GNBOpen in Bible reader

I recently heard the story of a couple whose building plans were approved for their first house. They were excited to start building. During the preparation phase in which the builders clean the plot before they start to dig the foundation, they however experienced an obstacle. A stubborn rock was found exactly where the living room was supposed to be built according to the building plan.

After several failed attempts to dig out the big heavy rock, the builders gave up hope to remove it. The owners agreed to keep the rock and they changed the building plan somewhat to use the rock as a focal point in the room.

We too at times experience challenges in our lives. Maybe your challenge is the fact that you are the only believer in your workplace and therefore constantly experience opposition due to your faith. Or maybe you received bad news about your health; you remain unemployed despite sending out a great number of CVs; the rain continues to stay away even though you pray day and night for relief from the drought; or maybe you recently lost that unborn baby you have been praying and waited for so long. How do you pray now? Do you still stand firm in your faith, trusting the One who provides?

In 1 Corinthians 16:13 we read: “Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.” The psalmist writes in Psalm 125:1: “Those who trust in the Lord are as secure as Mount Zion; they will not be defeated but will endure forever.” In another Bible translation a person standing firm in faith is compared to a rock that cannot be moved with a crane or crowbar. He simply stands firm.

Even though at times we might feel too weak to even take one step forward, we can know that God knows our circumstances. In 1 Corinthians 13:10 we read: “… God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand.” And in 2 Corinthians 12:9 is written: “My grace is sufficient for you. My strength is made perfect when you are weak.”

May we be like that stubborn rock, standing firm in faith despite challenging situations while reminding ourselves of God’s ability to establish our breakthrough. In due time, after we have passed the test and received the breakthrough, this difficult situation might just become a “focal point” in our faith walk to remind us of God’s goodness. God bless.

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