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Isaiah 55:8-9

Isaiah 55:8-9

Monday, December 30, 2013

BE YE STEADFAST & IMMOVABLE

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be STEADFAST , IMMOVABLE, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not IN VAIN in the Lord."    
I Corinthians 15:58


There are times in life when we find ourselves in a season of frustration and challenge.  Everything seems confusing and we find ourselves frustrated because nothing seems to serve the goals we had planned.  It is exhausting to move on or move forward.  It is too much!  We are discouraged.  It may be a job, a relationship, a task, a commitment, a goal or anything that is set before us in our life.  We seem to be searching for something different, something else.  We start thinking, "this cannot be it!"

What if the circumstance that we are facing is God's will for us?  God demands that we be steadfast right where He wants us to be until He decides to move us on.  Let's remember that we must do God's will even if it means to be immovable right where we are.  Can we tell God that He is wrong for demanding that we be steadfast and immovable?  Can we dare to question the depth of His wisdom?  What if it is God's purpose that we stay right where we are in order to grow?  Perhaps He is purposefully molding, shaping and making us grow, even if we are unhappy, right where He wants us to be?  We might run the danger of being unable to accomplish God's purpose if we move on before His appointed time.  His work and purpose for us may not be completed.  When we are not steadfast but rather move on before God's appointed time, we run the risk of not growing in God and cutting  His work short. 

God tells us,  "For I am CONFIDENT of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will PERFECT it until the day of Christ Jesus."  Phillipians 1:6.  Remember, God has begun a good work in us and expects us to bring it to fruition!  He will make sure through His Grace that we finish the work He has purposed for us in spite of the circumstances.  He will lead us toward confidence.  He will reassure us.  He wants us to not lose our confidence in spite of our circumstances.  Momentary unhappiness is not a reason to lose our confidence.  God tells us not to.  He demands that we be steadfast and immovable in order to do His will.

Notice, that the word STEADFASTNESS means to be firmly fixed in place, not subject to change, firm in belief, determination or adherence.  The Hebrew word for STEADFASTNESS is "chessed" (steadfast kindness, love, reliability).  It is in our steadfastness that we can show the right attitude toward God.  It is then, in our steadfastness, that we can definitely show our love and loyalty to God.  The same way He shows His love and loyalty to us. 

God has promised us that He will "carry it on to completion..."  Then, my question is, should we not stay immovable right where we are until God has completed His work through us?  Let's be wise then and let us not become blind.  Let us not build walls of blindness that would prevent us from seeing the possibilities of what God can do through us.  We must trust God as our long term eyes.  He is able to see the long term goals for us and others.  God wants us to stay where we are  perhaps because we are the only shinning lights He has there.  Maybe, He wants to refine us; grow us in wisdom; grow us in our relationships with others that are difficult to deal with in a godly way.  It is in all this that He is growing us into His image and less like the world.  His only desire for us is that we be steadfast in reflecting Him to others in our times of difficulty.  If His purpose is for us to remain steadfast and immovable where we are in dealing with difficult people and trying circumstances, yet we behave in a way that is just like the world, then we are not allowing God to grow us in our steadfastness.  We are not allowing Him to shine through us.  What if you are the one He has chosen to show Him to others right where you are, in your steadfastness?

There is absolutely nothing to fear or worry about God's plans for us. There is nothing to be miserable about,  "For l know the plans that I  have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope."  Jeremiah 29:11

Let us trust God with all of our soul, heart and mind in our trials,  frustrations, difficulties, fears, and whatever it is that we want to move away from.  Let us remain unmovable and steadfast.  Don't forget that God's plans for us are to bless us and give us a future.  Let's not cut God's work short.  And let us finish the work God has planned for us to bring to completion.  Being steadfast!  Showing His love and care until it is brought to completion according to His will and He wants us to move on.  This is the only way we can move on confidently knowing that we have finished what He has purposed for us to do.   It is in the difficulties and circumstances that God has placed us that allow us to learn more of God's character and grow in our walk with Him.  He is leading us all the way!  He is revealing Himself to us and others.  However, we must remain steadfast and unmovable in order to learn this.  We can be confident when the work He purposed for us is finished, "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be STEADFAST , IMMOVABLE, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not IN VAIN in the Lord."   I Corinthians 15:58

Consider that nothing is ever wasted when it is done with steadfastness for the Lord.  God's eyes see the quiet things, our thoughts, and the unseen.  He demands that we be steadfast.  He is steadfast for us and has always been.  Remember, Christ was steadfast when He went to die on the cross for us.  He was not afraid nor did He cut His work short.  HE FINISHED IT.  And what did we get as a gift from God?  Salvation and the hope of eternal life.  This is where being steadfast LEADS.  It leads to our growth in Christ and eternal life, peace and the good plans God has purposed for us and promised to us. 

Learning to be steadfast is vital for our growth and our daily walk with God.  Below are some encouraging verses about being steadfast.

"Jotham grew powerful because he walked steadfastly before the LORD his God."   
2 Chronicles 27:6

"Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me."  
Psalm 51:10

"My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast ; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises !"  
Psalm 57:7

"He will not fear evil tidings ; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD."  
Psalm 112:7

"The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You." 
Isaiah 26:3

"And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast."  
I Peter 5:10

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord." 
I Corinthians 15:58


May our Father in heaven give us the STRENGTH to complete what He has purposed for us to FINISH.  May He give us STEADFASTNESS in our faith and our daily walk with Him, trusting His plans for us with CONFIDENCE and JOY.  To Him be the glory.  AMEN

Luci