The Challenge of Just Standing

 10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we

Let’s think for a minute what it means to “Stand.”

To stand means we are responsible for a territory. That strikes deep at the heart. Most of us frankly avoid responsibility. If we have to have responsibility we like to “share” it. We don’t witness because that’s the preacher’s responsibility. We don’t teach our children about the Lord, isn’t that the Sunday School teacher’s job? Yet to be told we are to stand means that we are to stand somewhere. 

To stand means we stand at home. It is most difficult to stand among our family. We can stand at church; most of those people only see us a couple of hours a week. We can fake it for that long. But if I have to stand at home that means my wife, my kids, my grand and great grands have to see me stand 24/7.  That’s a full time job. Yes, it is.

To stand means we trust. To “just stand” means while we are responsible for our territory, we aren’t the power behind what happens. We are “strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” It’s easy to slip while we are standing Our trust begins to slip from the Lord to something else. We may begin to trust in ourselves. That’s always a mistake. As the political season begins we may begin to believe the answer is in Washington. How’s that working out for you? We may begin to trust in something beside God as our source: our employer, our bank, our government. Stand means to trust in only Him.

To stand means to stand now. Standing isn’t something we did once and that’s it. It doesn’t mean standing some day soon. It means standing now and forever. 

Don’t just sit there.

Stand and be blessed.

Nick

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