The Word of God not only encourages us repeatedly to stand firm in our faith but also provides us with role models. Faced with what appeared to be certain destruction by the Egyptians, Moses told the Israelites to not be afraid for if they would stand firm the LORD would deliver them and they’d never see their pursuers again. Isaiah prophesied to King Ahaz of Judah that if he didn’t stand firm in his faith he wouldn’t stand at all. Paul wrote over and over to the Corinthian church, advising them to stand firm in their faith—to be careful, to be on guard, to be strong, to have courage. Jesus taught his followers that even though they would be hated because of him, the result of standing firm would be salvation and life.
We hold fast to the truth that God has gone before us—that he’s not asking us to do anything that he has not already modeled for us. Throughout the Psalms we are comforted by the knowledge that his plans, his word, his purposes, his law and his love stand firm—they are eternal and unchanging and we can count on them.
We are also encouraged by modern-day believers whose faith has brought them through incredible trials. But, most of all, we look to Jesus, the very source of our faith; the perfect example who, for the joy that was set before him, went to the cross and endured all of the suffering that the enemy could heap upon him. He never lost sight of the goal, and in finishing his race he provided everything we need to finish ours.