Stand… At Attention
Stand, #9, final
Be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.
In this final post about standing, we find our motivation, satisfaction, and reason for standing firm. Patience as we stand indicates expectancy—we wait for what we know is coming.
We stand, we endure, we anticipate. We are stretched, we suffer, we tire. But we stand, not for today’s reward but for the one that awaits us. We stand firm because life is more than what we see today, more than our highest highs and lowest lows, more than all we imagine or hope for. We stand, watching and waiting, knowing that the heavens will part and our Redeemer will come and we will begin living our lives as they were designed to be lived.
The eternity that resides in our hearts will be attained and every tomorrow will be untainted, unburdened, unrestricted. Gone will be our deficits and disappointments. The constraints of our humanity will fall away. The freedom to love flawlessly, create perfectly, and live fully will be ours. We will have no pain in our bodies or hearts, no bitterness or injured feelings, no attitude except one of worship. Every part of us will be healed and whole.
So stand—at attention—and watch, “because the Lord’s coming is near.”
Fight the good fight of the faith.
Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called.
1 Timothy 6:12a
Stand… Fully Engaged
Stand firm. Let nothing move you.
Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord,
because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58
Standing is not idle. It’s a poised position of readiness for action. But even while awaiting that call to action—a summon to war, a demand for defense—we are expected to be working, not standing still. And God’s not talking about puttering around but being fully invested, meeting needs, sharing truth, spreading hope.
The upside of giving our time, resources, and strength is that it’s not empty effort. We may feel it’s futile when we don’t see the fruit we hoped for, but Paul’s writing assures us that our labor is not in vain. God will have His way and accomplish purposes we cannot see. Our part is to faithfully give ourselves to His work. Embrace these closing words in 1 Corinthians:
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
Do everything in love. (v 13-14)
Stand… in Resistance
Be alert and of sober mind.
Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Resist him, standing firm in the faith… 1 Peter 5:8-9
Alert—watchful, aware, vigilant, ready. Sober—clearheaded, unruffled, serious, thoughtful. We have an enemy prowling around, looking for someone to devour—we must not be devour-able. We must never be in the position to say, “I didn’t see that coming!”
Yes, this is a dour warning but it’s embedded with confident hope. We can be safe. We can resist. We can stand firm in our faith.
Be aware that his attacks are not with tanks and fighter jets. He would not be that stupid. His attacks come in whispers—suggestions of unfairness, hints of jealousy, seeds of pride, justifications of bitterness, wounds to our self-esteem, offenses to harbor. Watch out! Stay awake. Be attentive. Prepare for the onslaught by knowing what the Bible says. Stand firm in your faith.