Today I want to start a series of articles on steadfastness. Let’s begin by defining the word steadfast since this is a word that many people may not use often. According to the dictionary, this word means “firmly fixed in place or immovable.” To be steadfast then is to be constant and consistent.
What are some things that we might think of that are steadfast? If you have visited the Smoky Mountains and seen the amazing shape and the variety of rock formations, then you saw something that is truly steadfast. Those mountains have stood since long before we were born and will stand until Jesus returns. Why? Because they are steadfast and positioned where God wants them.
What is the most steadfast thing in the world? It is not the mountains or other things in the natural world. It is not a government or a person. The most steadfast thing in the universe is our Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says in Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
One of the most amazing things about our God is that He never changes. Did you know that God has never broken a promise that He made? You can search your Bible from Genesis to maps and you will never find a time when God broke a promise. He always keeps His Word.
We as Christians need to model our lives after the steadfastness of God and Christ. In what areas or in what ways must we be steadfast? Well, my next few articles will answer this question.
Let me leave you with one duty we as Christians must be steadfast in, and that is obedience. To obey God, we must know what He wants us to do. To know what He wants us to do, we must study His Word, the Bible. As Christians, we must be steadfast in studying our Bibles because we will not be able to obey if we don’t know what Scripture says. In 2 Timothy 2:15, Paul taught Timothy and us that we must “study to show ourselves approved” so that we can “rightly divide the word of truth,” which means properly understanding the Bible.
Are you steadfast and consistent in your study of the Bible? Do you read it every day? Do you study to show yourself approved in God’s sight? Next time we will discuss the importance of steadfastness in prayer.