Unshakable Pursuit: Stand Firm

Feet in the sand

I stood in the sand at the edge of the water on the beach when a wave of water came up around my feet. When the wave went back out into the ocean, as I kept my feet in one spot I could feel the sand being taken out from under and around my feet.

After a few waves, I had to move my feet because the sand became unstable. I could no longer stand in that same spot. You have probably also had that experience of standing on shifting sand. You know how it makes you feel unsteady.

 

Stand Firm

When Paul spoke to his Corinthian friends about their faith, he cautioned them against standing on shifting sand. He wrote in 1 Cor. 15:58, “My dear friends, stand firm" (CEV). Paul repeats this encouragement in 1 Cor. 16:13 by writing, “Stand firm in the faith," and then again in 2 Cor. 1:24, “It is by faith you stand firm" (NIV).

Paul made a connection between standing firm and holding faith in our Lord Jesus. Rather than shifting sand, a firm place to stand would be a place that is solid and unmovable. In Psalm 40:2, this solid place is attributed to the Lord: “He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand” (NIV).

We stand firm in our faith by our knowledge of God’s will, by maturing in our faith, and by holding to biblical teachings about Christ (Col. 4:12 and 2 Thess. 2:15).
 

Pursue Him

As you teach preschoolers this month, think of the ways that God gives you a firm place to stand in your faith. Pursue Him as you pray, study His Word, and serve Him.

As you know Christ more and seek to be more like Him, you will be able to stand firm in your faith rather than standing on shifting sand.

Pray: Father, Thank you for giving my feet a firm place to stand through faith in Christ. Help my faith in You to increase as I follow You. Help me to teach preschoolers about You and Your love that is always unwavering.
 

*Photo by Vincentiu Solomon on Unsplash.

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