A Firm Place To Stand
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
Have you noticed that whenever there is television coverage of a hurricane there is always a reporter wearing a rain slicker struggling to remain standing against gail-force winds? Have there been times in your life when the bad things of this world seem to be doing everything possible to blow you off your feet? It is sad, but true, that you can become so familiar with verses like Romans 8:28 that you fail to recognize the power of God that is available for your use. Just as a storm shelter protects you from the worst mother nature can throw against you, living within the massive promise of Romans 8:28, you will find God’s protection more solid and stable than Mount Everest.
You, as a believer, should never faint or fear when trouble comes your way. Why? Because God has a plan. A perfect plan that accomplishes two purposes: your good and His glory. For the promise within Romans 8:28 to be applicable in your life, you must love God. And, how do you demonstrate your love for God? “And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:30-31 NKJV) In Deuteronomy 30:16 are the orders and promises God spoke to Moses prior to His people entering the promise land. “For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.” (Deut 30:16 NLT) These words are found in the Old Testament, but they apply to you today just as they applied to God’s people wandering in the wilderness.
Sounds simple enough. When you find yourself in overwhelming troubles, all you have to do is to declare your love for God and His Son, Jesus. But, wait a minute. Have you read and understood the last ten words of Romans 8:28? Do you know the part of God’s plan that He has called you to fulfill? Or, are you still clinging to the plans you have for your life? When your life turns upside-down could it be because you are in the wrong place doing the wrong thing. God loves you enough to disrupt your life so you will return to Him and walk in His ways.
I love the old hymn “Standing On the Promises”. It reminds me that if I am to receive the benefits of God’s promises, then I must stand solidly upon them. How about you? Is your life blown around by the troubles and trials of this world? Then you may be living outside of God’s plan for your life and not securely standing on His promises that keep you safe within His will.
Here are a few verses of encouragement that will help you to stand against the strong winds of trouble that may blow your way.
But the Lord’s plans stand firm forever; his intentions can never be shaken. (Psalm 33:11 NLT)
Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13 NLT)
It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us. (2 Corinthians 1:21-22 NLT)
Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:11-12 NLT)
With all these things in mind, dear brothers and sisters, stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching we passed on to you both in person and by letter. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say. (2 Thessalonians 2:15-17 NLT)
My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that what you are experiencing is truly part of God’s grace for you. Stand firm in this grace. (1 Peter 5:12 NLT)