Whether at the top of a hill, at the edge of a headland, or on a rocky island in the middle of the sea a lighthouse is built to stand tall and to weather all climatological challenges. It can do this simply because its designer knows exactly what it will come against. It is built to stand alone, but to stand strong.
Have you ever had to stand alone in any given situation? How did it feel? Were you scared, angry, or resentful? Regardless of how you felt one thing is for sure, you had to be determined. Standing alone takes a lot of courage especially when those you expect to stand alongside you either bail out at the last minute or were never with you in the first place. Many have had to stand alone only to realize that the path to where conviction prevails is much rougher than expected. They may have started the journey with the support of many or maybe just a few, but in the end, they found themselves standing alone. The important thing, however, is that they stood because most likely it means that they endured rejection, ridicule or even persecution.
In spite of his age, his brother’s rebuke, the seemingly unsuitable weaponry, the lack of comrade support, and the mockery of his enemy, David was determined to overcome all obstacles and stand alone against the mighty Goliath. He stood because what he had set out to do was driven by the trust, the love, and the devotion he had for the One who called him to the very task. The result? He triumphed!
Because we live in a world that has become increasingly hostile to biblical and moral values there will be times when we will be faced with the decision to stand alone or surrender to following the crowd; to obey God or succumb to the pressures of those who oppose us simply because of our godly stance, including family members and friends. However, like David, we must determine to follow God’s plan and purpose for our lives no matter the nature or source of our opposition. And like a lighthouse, we must stand strong knowing that we can endure all resistance because the One who called us to stand knows exactly what we will come against. Remember that “the one who stands firm to the end will [triumph] be saved.” (Matthew 24:13)
Prayer: Almighty God, when I am confronted with temptation help me to honor you. When I face troubles help me to trust you. When I am asked to compromise help me to obey you. Though I may have to stand alone I will stand. For you have set my feet on solid ground so that I may stand strong in times of adversity and opposition. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and strengthen my resolve to stand. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.
Read 1 Samuel Chpt. 17
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13)
“Stand firm, and you will win life.” (Luke 21:19)
“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)