Standing Firm

Joel Plantinga

READ : 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. (v. 15, niv)

It must be a rite of passage for aspiring reporters. You’re not really a journalist until you’ve stood down a hurricane on live television without one hair moving out of place. As horrible as hurricanes are, I find it humorous to watch these reporters straining just to stand when one-hundred-mile-per-hour winds are threatening to turn them into flying debris.

Paul reminded his struggling brothers and sisters in Thessalonica (2 Thessalonians 1:5) that they were chosen to bring glory to God. Their calling is indescribably more glorious than they even knew, which is why they were under attack. As a word of encouragement and exhortation, Paul urges them to stand firm in the teachings they had professed belief in.

Being a believer in a non-believing world is sometimes like trying to stand up in a hurricane. Just when you think you’re safe, a gust from the enemy threatens to blow you away. You wonder if you should just abandon your mission. Stand firm! You’re being used by God to build his kingdom and bring him glory, in which you will share eternally. Jesus will help you stand.

PRAYER

Lord, give us the strength to stand firm when we feel our own strength depleted. Remind us of our mission so that will we persevere. Amen.