(Originally posted December 7, 2008)
Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. (1 Corinthians 15:58a) NIV
I hear the words often. “How are you?” Whether from close friends or someone who simply knows my name is listed under strength and healing in our church bulletin, I have come to dread those words. A few folks are really interested, but most don’t want the laundry list of complaints I could give them if I so chose.
My current reply tends to be, “I’m hanging in.” I thought that was an adequate response, until I was challenged by scripture that my job, even in the midst of illness is to stand firm. (Look up “standng firm” some time and see all the uplifting references!) I am still my Lord’s servant – homebound or not.
God doesn’t want me to simply “hang in there”. He calls me to stand firm .
Perhaps this old hymn (author unknown) says it best ….
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?
“Fear not, I am with thee; O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid.
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.”
“When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply.
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.”
“The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
That soul, though all hell shall endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no, never, no, never forsake!”
What glorious words to repeat to myself on the days when I feel I am just barely “hanging in there.”
So, how am I?
Father God, I praise You that you can give us strength when we have none, courage to go on when we want to quit, and peace where peace ought not exist. Amen and Amen. So be it, Lord!