“Stand Fast”, Time To Act by Steve Martin
“For the word of the Lord is upright, and all His work is done in faithfulness.” Psalm 33:4, NASU
Many of us can remember times when there were excited fans at the home football game, and their team was lined up at the goal line, defending their end zone. Tense, nerve-wracking minutes lingered on the turf. If they held, the game was theirs and they would win. If they did not, that was it. Game over. Defeat.
I remember the 8th grade game, back in the late 1960s, and our grade school team was hosting another football team from the rival town. They were bigger. Faster. And to me I thought we were going down in flames. With my cousins there from Minnesota, watching on the sidelines, I wanted to do good and show them that we could compete.
The opponents had the ball. When snapped, the quarterback quickly turned, tossed it to the wingback coming from the right side, who then turned the corner coming straight at me. Either I stopped him, or they would score.
“Lord Jesus” was the prayer uttered from under my helmet.
He came right at me, knowing he outweighed and outstood my smaller body. But I had to stop him. I had to stand fast.
Being taught to go low, I squared my legs and took the full blow to the body. Down I went, with himself landing on top of me. It knocked the breath out of me. I thought I was going to die.
Though we didn’t win the game, we gave it our best shot, and made the fans proud. Later when I played on the same baseball team with that running back, when both of us were in the same high school, I had still recalled the time when I had stood fast and held my ground. He still gloated, but now we were friends, teaming together against the other schools. And he was still bigger than me.
Applying life experiences from yesterday helps us withstand the trials and warfare we face today. Remembering those times when we called on the Lord, even in something as simple as a grade school football game, and He heard our prayer, can offer confidence for us today. Those moments when He displayed His faithfulness gives us courage to stand fast once again.
The enemy seems as if he will not give up. The constant hammering, hoping to wear us down, seems to go and on. “If it is not one thing it is another” is often said. And yet we must stand. Our eternal lives, and those of our families and nations, go well beyond simple football games. Our very souls are on the line. We must stand strong.
Find strength and renewed courage in the Lord Jesus again today. Read His Word. Communicate with Him in prayer. Seek Him first and He will direct your paths.
Our God is faithful. He not only will help us hold the line, but He will enable us to overcome the enemy of our soul.
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Love For His People founder
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Time To Act #28 – in the year of our Lord 10.08.2020 – “Stand Fast” Thursday, 6:50 am in Charlotte, NC USA