Inside: What am I teaching those around me if I’m unstable, unsure and have a wavering faith? How do this point to a sovereign God who has me?
I’m indecisive; I said it. My husband gets annoyed with me when we’re going to go out to eat because I can’t make up my mind. My brain analyzes and thinks of the restaurants, what they have, and then considers other restaurants. Soon, I. just. can’t. make. up. my. mind.
Any bigger decision is met with this same wavering back and forth. I wish I could be firm in choosing what I wanted, what I thought God was calling me to, and where I thought He was leading me; however, I still teeter-totter with every choice.
Maybe it’s my anxiety getting the best of me. I tend to analyze the “what if’s” of any decisions, which ultimately paralyzes me into making no decision.
A few weeks ago, I was reading the Bible, and the word “steadfast” jumped off the page at me. Right there in that moment, I felt God nudging me. I knew this was my word for 2018.
This word and I are like polar opposites. I’m everything that this word is not. However, I know this is what God wants me to work on in this New Year.
What Does Steadfast Mean?
To be steadfast is to be faithfully, resolutely, or dutifully firm and unwavering (Merriam-Webster).
I immediately think of the word “steadfast” in regards to my faith, but it covers so many areas of life.
Being faithful affects my relationships and roles as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. If I’m unstable and topsy-turvy, I’m not dependable and solid.
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(Hebrews 10:23, NLT).
23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.
What Does Steadfastness Look Like in Our Lives?
As a Christian, God desires us to be steadfast.
- We spend time in God’s word– enough time to get not only “head” knowledge, but “heart” knowledge also. The application is the key.
- We know the Word, so we can defend our faith against false teaching.
- When doubters approach us, we actively engage in testifying about our Lord and His truth.
- Through the study of His word and life experiences with Him, we become confident in our faith.
Here’s the problem with my indecisiveness: I’ve been fearful of making the wrong choices, confused as to what God has called me to do, and frustrated when I waver and when life is harder than I think it should be.
You could say my issue is trusting God. Honestly, I don’t always believe He’s doing the best for me.
When hard times hit, I question if God is present, if I have enough faith to endure, and if He will help me.
No matter what happens, God’s got me. This is the basis of steadfastness.
Faithfulness in the Bible
Noah built the ark for 120 years, even though he lived in the desert, and it had never rained. Noah experienced persecution and grief but kept building because he trusted God.
Daniel was willing to pray to God even though he knew the lions’ den was a possibility. He didn’t have fear as he spent time with the lions because he knew God had him.
Job kept the faith when all of his earthly possessions were taken. Job was faithful because he knew God had a plan.
Jesus endured the pain and suffering of the cross because of the glory He’d bring His Father and to save us from our sins.
8 Ways to Stay Firm in Faith during Hard Seasons
- Spend daily time with God. Grow a relationship with him.
- Pray continually.
- Know God is willing to help when we ask.
- Understand our feelings aren’t true. God wants us to tell Him our feelings even when we’re mad at Him.
- Realize this difficulty is short-lived when compared to eternity.
- Embrace the growth that happens during trials.
- Seek Christian friends that pray and encourage you during these moments.
- Focus on the blessings you have and adopt a heart of gratitude. It can make the worst of times bearable.
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Moving Forward Into 2018
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to approach 2018 with more confidence and steadfastness in all areas of my life. God has me in the palm of His hand. He has protected and carried many through the Bible. God can be trusted.
Keeping in contact with God is the key to overcoming indecisiveness and vacillating between decisions. Asking God to guide me through all of life, even through the small things, is something I need to do more.
I don’t need to fear failure or wrong choices if I’m walking with God. He is using it all to grow me.
3 You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
4 Trust in the Lord always,
for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.