“Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be firm (steadfast), immovable,
always abounding in the work of the Lord...”
1 Corinthians 15:58 amp
On my journey to stay steadfast in the Lord, staying put and waiting are not as easy as moving and doing.
Waiting in the doctor’s office - Waiting in an airport terminal - Waiting for news.
It can be exhausting.
On the night of Jesus’ last supper, He and the disciples walked through the dark to the Garden of Gethsemane. He instructed them to “stay here and keep watch” while He went a little farther in the olive grove. It was then that He prayed that if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by.
When Jesus returned to the men, He found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Mark 14:32-38ff
Despite our exhaustion—physical, emotional, or spiritual—we must remain steadfast in the waiting. We must not give in to temptations during those times of waiting.
“I will stand like a guard to watch
and place myself at the tower.
I will wait to see
what He will say to me…”
Further reading: Psalm 62:5; Isaiah 40:29-31; Micah 7:7
“While I’m Waiting” by John Walker