Steadfastness Turns the Table

GodReflection: Life With The Unfair

They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. – Psalms 112:7

garyguarujaI conclude this series of posts on Life With The Unfair with the obvious. The unfair is never easy.

An encounter with the unfair tests my acceptance of Jesus’ assumption of God’s provision.

An encounter with the unfair challenges my commitment to what Jesus teaches on forgiveness, trust, being salt and light, and how I understand God’s good gifts and their distribution.

At my retirement from leading a NPO my favorite group of church people gave me the traditional plaque that I hang on the wall over my desk. The entirety of its message is one of my treasured possessions.

steadfast4The plaque includes a phrase—I’m sure they used many times in exasperation over my 30 year run—giving me credit for my “bull dog tenacity.”

Ok, I know stubbornness is not exactly a virtue. However, the concept of tenacity introduces a word with limited appearance in Scripture—that word is the word steadfast.

I find steadfast to be what I call a tenor word.

Although infrequent in its use it runs through the entire tenor of Scripture. It’s often expressed by words like faith, belief, trust, hope, and confidence.

It is rooted in conviction that God is real and trustworthy, that Jesus is who he claims to be, that the Holy Spirit is indeed my helper, Satan will be silenced, and in fact there is a resurrection where all will be made new.

To allow the Holy Spirit to internalize into my soul the “bull dog tenacity” to believe the previous paragraph can turn the table on the unfair.

I won’t always interpret correctly the fair from the unfair.

battle11However, no matter what happens—the negative effects of unfair, or the receipt of more than my share of the fair—my task is to be steadfast.

I haven’t a clue whether or not the idea of the fair verses the unfair passed through King David’s mind. However, he understood the long term nature of his trust in God when he wrote, My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul (Psalm 108:1).

The Apostle Paul says it this way: Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).

It seems to me that steadfastness goes a long way in turning the table on the unfair—what do you think?

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells

A GodReflection on Steadfastness Turns The Table.


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