Standing firm can be very difficult to do especially in the midst of adversity. To stand firm means "to abandon or offer resistance to someone or something", according to the online dictionary. I might say standing firm means to keep steadfast or being unmovable. The Word of God says, "Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again."(Exodus 14:13)- NIV
Fear will sneak in and say, "You must retreat to world's way of acting. It is too difficult for you to continue the Christian path. Neglect your standard. Your days are numbered and in such a chaotic world, it will be hard to survive the odds. Your future is uncertain. In times like these we need an anchor and we have anchor in Christ Jesus that will help us grow from strength to strength. (Ps. 84"7) Fear should thus increase your passion and determination to stand firm in your faith because in Christ we are secure. Though evil betide us and trouble comes, it is only a sign to remind us that our strength must be continually renewed in Christ.
Impatience will come crying, "It's been too long of a struggle, now it's time, you must let go." Get up and do something!" Standing firm becomes even more challenging when you have to wait. But nothing happens before its time. The Lord does everything well and always on time! Your deliverance is on its way in a package you will never expect, so hold steadfast to your faith. Arrogance will come boasting, "If that mountain is blocking you, start digging it out. You will only get to the other side if you start the digging. Or it probably means there is no other side. This is where it all ends!" However true faith never listens to impatience, fear, despair and arrogance but only the voice of God, saying" Stand firm! Your deliverance is coming today." But to stand firm, I must maintain a posture of readiness at all times and expectancy of orders with cheerfulness and patience for the voice of God who is my Director. It won't be long before you hear God say, as he clearly said to Moses, "Move on." (Exodus 14:15)
Wait until the way is clear! Do not move on if you have any doubts: wait and never force yourself into action. Remember nothing happens before it's time.
- Charles Spurgeon
"Be quiet! why this anxious heed
About thy tangled ways?
God knows them all. He giveth speed
And He allows delays.
'Tis good for thee to walk by faith
And not by sight.
Take it on trust a little while.
Soon shalt thou read the mystery aright
In the full sunshine of His smile."