Being Steadfast in Your Faith
"You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You." -Isaiah 26:2-4 Have you ever heard the term, "slow and steady wins the race"? Or, have you heard the story of the Rabbit and the Tortoise? I'm sure you've heard of one or both of these. This principle of being consistent and grounded is very important in living out our faith! Our maturity as Christians is often revealed as we walk through life's obstacles. It is our proving ground for growth. Dr. Sam Peeples said, "The circumstances of life, the events of life, and the people around me in life, do not make me the way I am, but reveal the way I am." Will we bend or will we break? Someone who is steadfast in their faith is not likely to break when storms come. They are firmly rooted in what they believe. Though the winds may be howling and the rain is pelting down, and even though they may have a hard moment or two, these people stay grounded in the truth. Emotional maturity is tied to this - when we're steadfast we're not likely to fly off the handle. We know God's got it covered, and we search for His promises applied to each situation. "They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built." -Luke 6:48 In a moment in time, how we feel about our lives or about a situation is only temporary. It won't last. We won't even carry our emotions with us into heaven. Though they are so real in the moment, emotions normally don't even last more than a day. What does remain is our love for people, our love for God; the kindness and love of Jesus we showed others. The musical artist Jewel said it well: "In the end, only kindness matters."
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." -1 Corinthians 13:13 Are you steadfast in your faith? Related resource: The Upside of Adversity: Rising from the Pit to Greatness, by Os Hillman