Friday, September 4, 2015

Stillness, Standing and Stability

Moses answered the people,
"Do not be afraid.  Stand firm and you
will see the deliverance the Lord will bring 
you today.  The Egyptians you see today you
will never see again.  The Lord will fight for you;
you need only to be still." 
Exodus 14:13-14

Stand.  Be still.  Have courage.

Not hard to do when all is calm, but add a dram of drama to life
and the temptation to tumble grows great.  As I say often: "It's easy to have faith when you don't need it."

Now that I've arrived at the ripening age of 67, I can honestly say my life is largely drama free.  Funny how that happens when you learn to make better choices or choose to follow paths that run along the high ground.  Even so, there are those things in life that are outside of one's control that threaten the most steadfast resolve.  In America today I am greatly disturbed & disgusted by much of what the media, the body politic, and the entertainment industry deems worthy, much less normal.  I'm equally saddened by the worldly compromises that abide in the Church.

In recent weeks we've witnessed the havoc wrecked by wild fire.  We live in that northeastern part of Washington State where hundreds of thousands of acres have been consumed by the advancing inferno. The term "scorched earth" has new meaning. Thankfully we were spared personal loss, but many were not.  The danger for us is now passed, and we rejoice to witness the refreshing onset of Fall instead.

Like the wildfires that visited here, many people are living in the direct path of danger.  Be it a foreign or domestic threat, a personal tragedy or loss, a natural disaster, or even political folly, many are one heartbeat away from that which would insist upon a stumble, if not a perilous plummet.

Standing firm on God's promises and upon His word is a tactic not for sissies.  Even so, it is the only sure way of maintaining equilibrium when unsettled events descend.  

Witnessing the ways in which He fights for us is the stuff of inspiration and courage.

The battle belongs to the Lord.


Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith,
act like men, be strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13

 Put on the full armor of God, 
so that you will
be able to stand firm against
the schemes of the devil. 
Ephesians 6:11

Only conduct yourselves in a manner
worthy of the Gospel of Christ, 
so that whether I come and see you 
or remain absent, I will hear of you 
that you are standing firm in one spirit, 
with one mind striving together 
for the faith of the Gospel.
Philippians 4:1


rebecca said...

Thankful you were spared from harm (fires)...thankful for the grace and mercy of God at so many levels as I share your concern for our nation and the world.

Denise said...

amen, well said my friend.

manthano said...

Amen. Great advice.

Debbie said...

I say a BIG AMEN to all of this! LOVE those verses....Hope all else is well and your having a good LONG week-end! Blessings to you!

Nancy said...

I share your heart on the condition of the world right now and it so saddens me to see the Church crumble under the attacks aimed it's way. So many people lost and without hope. The Church has a big responsibility to be obedient to God's Word. Bless you....

Sharon said...

Two summer ago we were evacuated by a raging wildfire. It is a very unsettling experience. I love what you've said here - it's been most encouraging to me. It's hard to *stand still* in the midst of turbulent times. And it's even harder sometimes to remember that it is the LORD who fights for us. May we learn to rely more and more on the victory He has already won. And may He strengthen us to be still and stand firm.


Linda Vaughan said...

Kathleen, it's August 22, 2016, and I by chance ran across this post as it trailed from another I was reading. I can't tell you how the Lord used this to calm me during a day/month/year that has had endless shocking news. Today more shocking news. It is a comfort to know God is in control. You are a blessing!