Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Standing Firm

(This tree has the entire weight of another tree on it and has deep ruts in it from a barb wire fence growing in it yet stands tall and firm. It is a reminder to me of how life's burdens can be so hard but daily I see verses in God's Word and in devotions reminding me to STAND FIRM.)

(From Lifeway's Devotional)

Selections From Exodus 14 
Look At It This Way
You cannot retreat; you cannot go forward; you are shut up on the right hand and on the left; what are you going to do now? The Master's words to you are, "Stand firm."

Despair whispers, "Lie down and die; give it all up." But God would have us put on a cheerful courage, and even in our worst times, rejoice in his love and faithfulness. Cowardice says, "Retreat; go back to the worldling's way of action; you cannot play the Christian's part, it is too difficult. Relinquish your principles." Precipitancy cries, "Do something. Stir your self; to stand still and wait is sheer idleness." Presumption boasts, "If the sea is before you, march into it and expect a miracle."
But Faith listens neither to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Precipitancy, but it hears God say, "Stand firm" - ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long before God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, "Go forward." - Charles Spurgeon

Courage wouldn't be courageous if it always came easily.  Be willing to stand alone even when everyone else has given up.  That's the defining mark of a leader.

1 comment:

  1. When your profile picture shows up on my blog, I'm always drawn to it...I have wanted a horse since I was a little girl. Your picture makes me happy. What a beautiful post and images this is. I love that we are asked to Stand Firm. I love that. I may not be able to do anything more, but to stand firm and wait. What a great message and image for today! Thank you!

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