Be Ye Steadfast, Judy Olang

Isaiah 26:3-6, “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord for ever, for the Lord, the Lord is the Rock eternal. He humbles those who dwell on high, he lays the lofty city low; he levels it to the ground and casts it down to the dust. Feet trample it down—the feet of the oppressed, the footsteps of the poor.”

What does the word steadfast mean? It means unchanging, loyal, fixed, or constant etc. Have you ever been in situations or gone through life where you felt like you were between a rock and a hard place? You felt like the ground was sinking beneath your feet? You felt like the walls of this world were closing in on you and you are panicking and feeling like running out of air? Have you ever felt like you are the only one in this world going through difficulties and challenges that you feel like no one else has any idea what it’s like? Have you ever felt like the devil was sitting right on top of you and you were suffocating and everything you do and touch is messed up, nothing is working right? I will join you in saying YES! Even us as saved Christians go through all the above but what we do after we encounter hardships and challenges of this world is what matters most. I have seen so many professed Christians cuss God and leave their faith because life did not go their way and so they feel entitled to take matters into their own hands instead of looking up to God for help and strength and understanding. And Isaiah tells us very perfectly that when we fix our eyes on God, he will keep us in his perfect peace, that no matter what is going on around us we will be intact because we trust in him.

We need to channel our life line straight with God so that when troubles of this world come our way, we don’t lose focus, we don’t doubt. Let them find us steadfast/loyal/fixed on God and that is the one life line that the devil cannot and will not break. BUT if we have our life lines here on earth guess what? They will be broken and vanish never to be seen again. The one constant that never changes and is always there no matter what, is the mighty God we serve. When my father died 14 yrs. ago, I was turning 17 yrs. old in a month’s time, my world came crushing down. I started thinking of how our lives were basically over for me, my siblings and my mother. I did not see how we were going to survive without my dad as our major bread winner and as a father. In my eyes we were finished, very bitter and angry at the Lord for a while because before my father died we were facing a lot of hardships. Sometimes we did not even have food to put on the table, we went to bed hungry and sometimes my parents could not afford school fees and we would be home and no one really knew what was happening out there. They would see us and think we had a wonderful life but we didn’t. Anyhow, so when dad died a horrific sudden death, you bet I was angry with God but I remember my Pastor talking to me and encouraging me and something he said that I have always remembered and will was he asked me where my life line was connected. I realized then that I had my life line connected to my dad and that was not the way to go. So even though dad was never coming back I knew I would see him again and I reconnected my life line to God.

Has life been easier since then? NO, but, I thank God for the many other blessings in my life and the provision he has constantly given us at his perfect timing. When I see how far we as a family have come there is no way we would have made it if it wasn’t for a higher power which is God. So when life throws a curve ball at me, I know even if I’m hit, I find my strength in the Lord for Luke 10:19 “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”

I would therefore encourage you with this, be steadfast in the Lord, don’t be lukewarm or like a chameleon (changes color depending on the surrounding) that when life is good that’s when you praise God and when life is going down the drain you cuss God and leave him. Let’s take a stand and I kid you not if you choose the Lord’s side, you will never be disappointed. So I leave you with this Psalm 37:7, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” And remember, unlike parents, God will not give you what you want just because you throw a temper tantrum, no, he does not work that way! Have a temper tantrum free day. Blessings Judy Olang

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