Parson to Person: Being steadfast
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast. Because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3
What an interesting level to come to as one walks with the Lord.
Perfect peace is the result of one being steadfast. Webster defines steadfast with four descriptions: to be firm, fixed, settled or established.
Interesting thoughts as one seeks consistency in the daily walk.
1. To be firm, solid in the faith. Who wants to be tossed back and forth like the waves of the sea. Let’s stand upon the solid rock of Christ.
2 Thessalonians says…. “brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter” (2:15).
To stand firm is not a stubbornness as often interpreted; but assurance in what one knows.
I was given a compliment from one of my adult children the other day. In speaking about professionals he addressed me as a professional pastor; in the past I would have accepted that title as an insult. But the comment was given in love and respect. This affirmed firmness in faith and knowledge.
2. To be fixed. Some people cannot remain focused on one thing. It is easy to keep changing thoughts. Hebrews 12:2 tells us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.
As a teen helping Dad work the field, he would tell me to start a row, fixing my eyes on a post at the end of the field. Trouble was, when I reached the end of the row, I always ended up at a different post. Steadfastness comes as we keep ourselves fixed on the Lord.
Charles Spurgeon says. “The God of peace gives perfect peace to those who hearts are fixed upon Him.”
3. Settled - Colossians 1:23 says “If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled” (KJ.V.). The image this brings to mind is the hardening of cement. When this mixture is settled and firm, nothing can break it. It is solid. Christians need to be settled in their places of worship and daily walk which brings solidness in our foundation.
The last word is number 4 - to be established. 2 Peter 1:12 says, “I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.” This supports firmness in biblical truth.
Let us walk with God daily in His word, kept in perfect peace, steadfast in Him. Let us be firm, fixed, settled and established in our faith.
Have a great weekend.