“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You.”Isaiah 26:3 NIV
Steadfast means resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering. Other words for steadfast are loyal, committed, devoted, and constant. Peace is found in steadfastness. In consistent obedience.
I’ve been dealing with a situation that is very frustrating. It’s upsetting and disappointing and I want to fix it, but there is nothing I can do.
A couple nights ago I went into my nightly prayer and quiet time with the Lord, but I was so overwhelmed by the situation that I had no clue what to pray for, or how. It took a solid ten minutes to come up with the words. When I went into it, I was a mess. But, I began to thank Him for this rough patch and praised Him for His faithful work in me. By the time I was finished it was as if I’d never had a worry. Power comes from prayer and submission to the Lord. He never fails to bless obedience.
Case in point: an opportunity presented itself to solve part of the problem I’d been praying about. It wasn’t an opportunity from the Lord, but I tried to convince myself and justify doing what I knew would be sin. The thought was there, the plan began in my mind, and I knew I had a decision to make. How deceitful and desperately wicked my mind can be.
But I love the Word and it’s immediate and relevant answer to this plight:
“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful. He won’t let you be tempted beyond what you can bare. But when you are tempted, He will provide a way out so you can stand up under it.”1 Corinthians 10:13
Sometimes the way out is simple obedience. Other times it’s a willful act of resistance to temptation.
This particular temptation was the kind I had to willfully act in submission to God and resistance to the devil (the sin that so easily entices and drags me away). I made the choice to choke out my desire and then prayed for God to honor my decision.
Within ten minutes of making the decision and acting it out (show me your faith without action and I’ll show you my faith by my action), God used an unbelieving coworker to bless me. He is faithful! And I have peace!
You see, you will never regret steadfastness. When you choose to fight temptation, you are saying, “I trust You, God.” When you do what’s right, you’ll never ask yourself if that was the right choice. And the faster you choose obedience and act on it, the easier it is.
I was blessed beyond measure today when God honored my obedience by using a mocker of His name to bless His child. But that’s how God rolls. He gives peace to the steadfast, and rewards those who diligently seek Him.
I made the right choice today, but I know there will be other times when I might not. So although this moment is a victory and one for which God will receive glory, I can’t think I won’t fail later. Prayer is imperative! Constant, devoted, committed prayer is necessary for continued growth and maturity, and for strength to fight against temptation.
Prayer: God please forgive me for my sinful thoughts, my devious and deceitful heart, and my wickedness which seems to know no bounds. Help me to be strong and make good decisions. Thank You for Your Word and Your steadfast love for me. I trust You. In Jesus’s name, Amen