My Broken Road to Grace: Post Sixteen (Be steadfast in Your Trust and Approach the Inner Sanctum of God.)
Consider the word steadfast. I have always been a lover of words and certain ones immediately strike me as impressive the moment I hear them. Steadfast is one of those words.
Usually it is used in the context of describing someone or something that is solid and secure, totally grounded and not easily shaken. Often it refers to a commitment to or an alliance with a movement or that is virtually impossible to dissolve. For Example, "She was steadfast in her commitment to the protection of innocent animals as exhibited in her work through the ASPCA."
Steadfast can also be used as an adjective to describe a manner in which someone worked, played or even felt as it relates to any number of things to which they were committed. Again "Even though young James wasn't really very good yet, he remained steadfast in both his desire and effort to learn to play the drums and as such practiced everyday."
Steadfast is often used in reference or association with the word love. "They were young and often thought of to be immature in many ways but one thing is for sure, they were steadfast in their love for one another."
To be steadfast means to be committed, to be strong, steady, solid and unyielding. In writing this post, I tried to think of some examples of things of a physical nature that would adequately exemplify the word and I came up with two that I think work pretty well.
The first is the mighty Oak tree. Growing up in the rural south our home place had several majestic old oak trees in our front yard that my daddy used to tell me where easily over 100 years old, as a young child that length of time as the life of a tree was almost impossible for me to understand but some 50 years later as I stood in my mothers yard recently and gazed up at those mighty trees still standing tall and unchanged, I came to see that not only was it an accurate assessment on the part of my Daddy who has now gone to be with the Lord, but it was also an excellent example of the word that I love, a bastion of steadfastness.
Another good example to me is that of an Anchor. I don't know how much time you spend on the water, a lot or a little but in either case, you know what a anchor is and what it does. Whether it be a small fishing boat or huge tanker or cruise ship, an anchor serves to secure and solidify the position of the boat and hold it steadfastly in place to keep it from drifting away. It is the word anchor that brought me to my line of thinking today and how the word steadfast should and does relate to our lives as Christians.
Hebrews 6:19 says: "This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God's inner sanctuary." In my mind the word trustworthy here could easily be replaced with the word steadfast and not have any effect on the meaning or intent of the verse. As Christians we must hold steadfastly to our hope, our trust, In God the Father through his son Jesus Christ. Just like the mighty oaks that stand in my Mother's yard, our faith must be unwavering.
As long as we continue to hope steadfastly, the verse says that hope will lead us behind the curtain into God's inner sanctuary. In other words, each time we hope and believe trusting God through the good times as well as the bad, it will bring us closer to Him and is that not our goal as Christians? Being closer to God, more in tune with His will, more capable of quickly understanding and then acting upon the urges of the Holy Spirit is self perpetuating.
I liken it to exercise, we all understand the case of physical activity, the body becomes stronger with repetition. In other words the more you do, the more you can do. It is that way with our faith, the more we trust, the more we believe, the more we let go of self looking confidently to God steadfastly knowing that despite what may come He will take care of us, the more we will be able to do that in the future.
That faith, that trust is what anchors us as Christians moving us ever closer to God and into His inner sanctum. I you are a Christian, add asking God for an extra measure of trust today to your list of prayers. If you are not, He stands ready and willing to bring you into the fold, all you have to do is take that first step out on faith trusting that He will do all that He has promised. I can assure you He will and you, my friend, will begin that wonderful journey into the safety and peace that is the inner sanctum of God.