Can You Stand Firm? (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 5)
Luke 21:19 (NLT)
By standing firm, you will win your souls.
Patience is one of the most hated, yet one of the most needed qualities in our lives. Very simply, we hate to wait. Rarely do we run into another individual to whom patience comes easy. It’s not just a cliched phrase, however, “good things really do come to those who wait”, especially those who wait for God, on God, and in God.
If we really thought about it, most of the things we hurry toward and trample over others for are not really important. God wants us to set our sights on higher treasures than earthly gains, even when earthly gains seem easily attainable. In the moments when the path in front of us is too dark, can you stand firm? Can you keep the faith? It’s important that we learn to not allow our emotions and feelings to control us especially when we are not in control.
Refuse to allow yourself to become disappointed when things don’t go as planned. Don’t let grief and fear hold your soul hostage and keep you back from enjoying God’s goodness. In difficult times, when we cannot control anything else, we can keep guard at the door of our souls and not render it subject to treacherous storms. It is by patience — humble, sincere patience — that we are able to understand life and keep possession of our souls.
“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”
— Paulo Coelho