Saturday, June 30, 2012

Stand fast

If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.
[Isaiah 7:9, NIV]

God said to Ahaz, "If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all."

This is the first passage of Scripture to slam me to the floor (as they say) in quite some time. I mean, listen to this:

If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm in at all. You will be firm in nothing. Everything in your life . . . or, more precisely, your response to everything in your life . . . will be infirm, unstable, questionable, uncertain. You will be easily influenced, swayed by circumstances, by every little thing. You will drift. You will fluctuate. You will be unreliable. Things for you will always be running downhill, out of control, headed for a fall.

Well, that's taking liberties with the text I suppose. If you need the real back-story, look it up in Isaiah 7.  And btw, the NIV puts it this way:

If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all. ....