Posted by: JennyRain | October 22, 2009

When you have done everything, Stand.

There are times in our lives when it takes all we have and all we are just to stay standing.

The winds are raging, the rain is falling, and the solid ground we thought we were standing on seems to be slipping from under our feet. Life is attacking from all directions and there are not enough hours in the day to put out the fires that burn around us.

This week the learning track I seem to be taking is on encountering opposition. It seems that everywhere I turn I am encountering stories and sermons about how to face difficulties in our lives. Yesterday I blogged about it, this morning I heard a broadcast about it, and this afternoon a co-worker shared an amazing story with me about it. This theme is all over the place!

The funny thing is that … it is not my storm.

Do you find yourself in a battle of epic proportions that is far beyond your ability to fight? Have you exhausted what miniscule strength and resources you had and now you are left only with bare and blistered hands, bone-weary arms, and tattered battle-gear?

Perhaps it is not strength that you are lacking, but options. You have come to the end of the tunnel you were journeying in only to find the door at your destination point pad-locked.

You are beyond human reason to understand your predicament. You have followed the rules, done everything according to plan, and yet, here you are.

You are not alone, but it feels like you are.

You are left with only one option: To Stand. But standing does not seem like you are doing anything to resolve your “little problem.” Instead, standing feels like defeat. You are criticized for your lack of “forward motion” by well-meaning friends, spiritual advisors, and family.

Standing seems counter-intuitive to the situation.

Running, maybe. But standing, here, in the middle of the situation? Standing means having to stay in one place and just look at the unresolved battle. Standing here. Doing nothing. While the battle rages in front of my eyes.

Standing feels rather like rolling a two-ton boulder up a large mountain. Yuk.

Yet, countless times standing is exactly what God calls us to do.

Dr. Charles Stanley, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta Georgia preached a broadcast sermon this morning entitled, Preparation for Warfare where he speaks about the power Christ followers have in standing.

Dr. Stanley says that we as followers of Christ, when faced with a battle are to:

  • Draw our strength from God (Be strong in the mighty power of the Lord… Eph 6)
  • Act out of the authority presented to us (All authority has been given to Me, therefore go…Mt 28)
  • Stand still and watch God bring us through (Stand still and watch the salvation of the Lord…Ex 14)

What can we learn from others who have chosen to Stand?

Moses at the red sea with the Egyptian army pursuing them on one side, and the Red sea on the other:

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Joshua at the Jordan with a heap of Israelites needing to cross to the other side (Did I mention the Jordan was at flood stage because it was Harvest Season?)

[God said] Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river’… The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.

When Jehosaphat and his men were fearful of the vast army that was pursuing them, God said:

You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem.

In each of these passages, God is saying “Stand and watch Me fight the battle.” In life and death circumstances, God says Stand Strong.

So we stand… hoping… waiting… trusting… praying.

 

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  1. ok..pass the tissue…I’m in awe that your words have gone straight to my heart twice this week.
    sniff…sniff…
    thanks Jenny!

  2. Preach it girl! Great powerful truth. It makes me think about what i was thinking about yesterday. People are in hard situations, they’re scared, they’re discouraged, they’re beat up. And oh how that can make us turn toward God or away.

  3. Jenny I really needed this. It is so true. Thanks so much!

  4. […] When you have done everything, Stand. (What to do when you are overwhelmed by the battle) Today’s post looks at “Foresight and Favor in the midst of difficult circumstances” […]

  5. Hope you don’t mind but I backlinked this post to my blog!!! WOW! Powerful! You go girl!

    Thanks 1000000 % for encouraging and sharing!

    • that’s awesome 🙂 thank you! What is your blog address? would love to read your stuff too 🙂 Thanks Robyn!

  6. I am *standing* today.. This was an incredible post . Thank you Thank you!

    • Stand on girl, you stand! We are standing with you! Bless you Heidi!


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