Wow. 2020 was a very difficult year, wasn't it? But praise God, He's brought us to 2021. I was talking with a pastor friend not too long ago, and we were talking about Scriptures. We were sharing Scriptures, and he said to me, "What will be your Scripture for 2021?" I want to share my answer with you—1 Corinthians 15:58: "Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain."
When I think of that word steadfast, I think of several other words, like constant, faithful, loyal, resolute, staunch, immovable. These are words that share with us how God wants you and I to respond to difficult times. I'm reminded of a text of Scripture that's found in James 1:12: "Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him." What a beautiful text that says that when we remain steadfast, even in the face of difficulties, we can trust God and that God will bless us.
Another text that I'm reminded of is found in Galatians 6:9: "And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up"—if we do not give up. And that's the key: Don't give up. There will be difficult times. There will be challenging moments in our lives, even in 2021. But if we put our trust and our faith in Jesus, Jesus will see us through.
I want to share with you a few ways we can remain steadfast in our faith in God.
Wrestle With God
One way, I believe, is to wrestle with God. Spend time with God in prayer, in the study of His word, in communion and in meditation with Him. When challenging situations come, just don't throw it away—put your trust and your faith in God, wrestle with God until God brings us the answer that we need to keep moving forward.
Another way, we sing a song that said, "Stand when troubles and difficulties come, just remember to stand." Trust God and know that if you just stand with God, He will keep his promises to you and His promises are sure.
Don't Let Anyone Minimize Your Faith
Another way is to not let anyone minimize your faith in God. The story of Daniel comes to my mind: The God we serve is able to deliver us. But if He does not, we will not serve your god (Daniel 3:16-18). So no matter how stressful or how strenuous the situation is, we've got to remember to put our trust in God and know that if we're faithful, God will deliver us as He delivered Daniel and the three Hebrew boys.
Pray Without Ceasing
Another way is to pray. Pray constantly. Wake up in the morning and pray. During the day, pray. Always be in a spirit, in an atmosphere, of prayer, trusting that we serve a God who hears and answers our prayer. The Bible is pregnant with the experiences of people who embrace the struggle but overcame because they they were steadfast in their determination to have faith in God. I'm reminded of David and of Job, of Naomi and of Jeremiah. These are some of my heroes in the Bible who were able to be steadfast even in the face of difficulty.
I want to encourage you as we go into 2021 to continue to be steadfast in your faith in God. We don't know what the future holds, but someone says we know who holds the future. If we'll just pray, if we'll just embrace the struggle, if we don't minimize our faith or don't let anyone minimize our faith, we will be able to see these difficulties through.
I don't know what 2021 holds for each and every one of us. But as we put our trust and faith in God, I know that God will see us through just like He did in 2020. My prayer is that God will help you to be steadfast in your faith and in your trust in God, that no matter what happens, we know that God will see us through that. May God bless you is my prayer.