After Tuesday afternoon’s meeting, during the closing prayer I received the barest whisper of a word, an encouraging reminder to lift my soul : Steadfast It had little to do with the content of the meeting, and I assure you we don’t go around using words like “steadfast” in everyday conversation in my neck of the woods.
But there it was ….. as audible to my spirit as if it had been spoken out loud. Steadfast. I tucked it away in my heart and have been thinking on it these last couple of days.
Bing Dictionary defines it as:
firm: firm and unwavering in purpose, loyalty, or resolve
fixed: firmly fixed or constant
I think if someone were to make a graph of my walk with Christ it would look more like a fluctuating stock market chart than “fixed” or “unwavering”. Like most people I know, I’ve had spiritual ups and downs. I’ve lost heart and become discouraged. Often. Satan knows what buttons to push to drive me into a “bear” mindset. Then the Psalmist reminds me to ask for divine help:
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
For this girl, it boils down to faith and trust, because when I allow myself to fall under the weight of spiritual attack I’m not trusting God for who He is!! When I surrender my doubts, insecurities and fears, The Lord always provides relief: You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3
My journey has been a wooden roller-coaster at times, with great upward climbs and sweeping downward spirals, with lots of twists and turns. I’ve gotten stuck on the ride a time or two. But regardless of the jolts and bumpy ride …. 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. 1 Peter 5:10 And He does.
As long as I draw breath on this earth, I will remember to lift my eyes up to the hills. That’s where my help comes from. I must persevere, choosing His ways over what the world says. Regardless of circumstance, in good times and not so good, I must cling to the hope and promise I have found in Christ ….. and remain, steadfast.
Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Psalm 112:6, 7