Steadfast

Muir Woods
Do you ever get the push from God?  Not a gentle nudge… like a full on push?  Yeah, that’s what I felt to write this post.  I had another topic all set to go for today and I ended up writing this the other night because I felt like this was supposed to be written now.  So, here it is.

Recently, over the past few weeks, God has put one word on my heart: steadfast.  It would keep coming up in verses I was reading and posts on Instagram.  I would be listening to songs that I had heard a million times and that would be the word that I would hear loud and clear.  It became obvious that I was supposed to be thinking about this specific word.  I said, “Ok God, I’ll think about when I get some time.”  He had other plans.

Just the other day, I was at work feeling pretty down, actually having some anxiety about the day.  You see, morale is a little low since there have been a lot of changes recently and more coming in the near future.  People are grumbling a lot and there has been a grey cloud in the atmosphere.  As I was putting my bag down in the on-call room, my friend comes in.  I told him that I just didn’t feel like being at work because everyone is being miserable.  He said that as Christians we need to remember to be His light in these dark places.  He randomly shared that he has had a word on his heart recently: steadfast.  He took out his cell and showed me his lockscreen which was simply a picture of the word “steadfast.”  He said “If I can’t be firm in my faith in these situations, what kind of follower of Christ am I?”  My heart started pounding and I began to tear up!  He was completely right.  If I was wavering in these mildly difficult conditions, how can God trust me with bigger things?  I started praying “Lord, what do you want me to learn about this right now?  Help me understand.”

I did a word study on steadfast.  There is not even a direct translation from the Hebrew word chesed.  The word is so big that there is no concept let alone single good word to translate to English.  These are the words that are the closest to its meaning: firmly loyal; unswerving.  Faithful.  Fixed in intensity or direction; steady.  Unwavering or determined in purpose.  Firm in purpose.  Firmly fixed in place; stable.  All these words seem to be pretty grand to me, and they still don’t convey the true meaning of the word that God was talking about!

Different translations use different words, but “steadfast” can be found in SO many places:

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (1 Cor 15:18)

“Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,” (Deut 7:9)

“We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,” (Hebrews 6:19)

“For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, you faithfulness to the clouds.” (Psalm 57:10)

The list goes on and on…

The character of God includes steadfast love, kindness, mercy, and goodness.  If I am to be a reflection of God I need to have these qualities like Jesus.  How do we become more like Jesus?  By spending time with Him.  We need to know who He is and what He’s done.  The way we do that is by reading and knowing His Word and spending time with Him in prayer.  If we are spiritually grounded and “no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming” (Ephesians 4:14) then we can defend the Truth and not be shaken.  “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” (2 Cor 11:3)  If even the people listening to Paul can be deceived, how much more prepared do we need to be today?

Although we will never achieve chesed since we cannot even define it the way God intended,  we need to do our best to strive for steadfast.

Where are you not as firm in your faith as you would like to be?  “I can trust God with all of this… but not really this part:  I can handle that relationship, financial decision, job worry…”
 
Are you fixed in direction and intensity toward God?  Or are you maybe one or two degrees off on the the compass?  Remember, being a degree or two off right now leads to a completely different destination down the road.
 
Are you determined in your purpose that God has put on your life?  Or are you just floating around letting life happen around you?

 

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