When progress is not moving ahead and when retreating is not an option, you must learn to “Stand!”. Standing is underrated in the Body of Christ. Ours is an age addicted to achievement. We want advances, promotions and raises. We are wired by the modernity of our times for upward mobility.
“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day” (Ephesians 6:13).
The idea of ‘standing’ is unattractive to the Western mind. It sounds too much like inactivity. The connotations raise suspicions of laziness. It reeks of ineptitude to the progressive American psyche . Standing can seem like a cop out for people wearied by the headwinds of progress.
The Apostle Paul thought otherwise. Paul describes “standing” as a position to take when you are entering and enduring spiritual warfare.
Standing is a position of perseverance. What we have to go through in seasons of suspension requires “stick-to-it-tiveness”.Those times when we don’t feel like we are making progress is when we are tempted to run. We just want to do something. We are being urged on by our frustrations. This is the fight! When you are stalled, you have to stand. There is no other option. Standing is your opportunity to overcome. Overcoming is standing until God gives you your next marching orders.
Standing is a position of process. We are shaped by where we stay. There is something to be said about staying where you are when you are under pressure. The pressure we endure when we are being processed by the lack of progress creates character. “But we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience, and patience, character…” (Romans 5:3-4).
“Tribulation” comes from the Greek idea that describes the winnowing process. This is when the farmer would toss the grain into the air and continue the process until there was a clear separation of the wheat from the chaff. This was time consuming. When God is winnowing our lives of things that hinder our spiritual maturity we are subject to His times. We are powerless in the process. We are being tossed.
Standing is a position of power. We “withstand” while we are standing. There are times when God is calling you to use your power to hold the ground you have already. This may not be the time to launch the business. This may not be the time for you to get engaged or married. This may not be the time for you to go to “the next level”. This could be the time the Lord just wants you to “Stand!”.
“…Having done all, to stand. Stand therefore..” (Ephesians 6:13-14).