Scriptures and examples of ‘standing firm’ in both war and peace|
Posted 6/13/2012 Updated 6/13/2012
Commentary by Air Force Chaplain (Maj.) Dwight Croy
6/13/2012 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- One of the passages of Scripture that is enjoyable for military men and women to read is the passages that describe King David's "mighty men" (II Samuel 23).
There were thirty in all and a top three.
Some warriors are described that did not make the top three and what they did was amazing also.
There is a repeated theme of taking your stand in this passage. Scripture is consistent with this theme from this Old Testament passage to the famous Ephesians 6, armor of God passage.
It seems to be a common practice for all the mighty men. In this observation we have a personal lesson that we can take from these men of old. The order given to us is to "stand firm."
"Standing firm" does not happen overnight; it takes discipline and multiple daily small choices that bend in the direction of strength.
In our fast-paced and "get-it -now" society, delayed gratification is not a value.
Immediate gratification shows in our relationships, the way we save money, our eating, and the way we pursue physical exercise.
The words from a person can show publicly the discipline or lack of it in the use of the tongue.
We often blindly believe the talented, rich, strong, and dynamic all were born that way and automatically got to a place where they wanted to go.
On occasion we see one of these seeming role models fall into despair and self-destruction because in the moments of personal crises, they lost their way and forgot the basic disciplines that got them to success.
Sometimes, a single or a series of multiple successes help one to self deception and "wrong way" thinking.
Furthermore, one may not seriously consider the guidance of the phrase, "not think more highly of oneself than one ought; but think so as to have sound judgment" (Romans 12:3).
So how does one stand firm? We can glean the following from the mighty men.
A person who "stands firm" makes multiple correct choices.
By themselves, they may seem small and trivial, but over time they accomplish a greater goal.
A physical training test is not thought about, executed and passed with 100-percent results on the same day.
A retirement savings is not thought about on the day you retire.
An educational degree is not handed to you on the day of graduation without hours of academic measurement.
A person who "stands firm" is committed to the task.
Eleazar stood alone on the battlefield and the warriors to his left and right fell back only to return to help strip the dead.
Eleazar's hand was frozen to his sword (II Samuel 23:9-10). He was committed to the fight.
A committed person is not swayed by a few setbacks.
A person who "stands firm" does not stand alone.
He or she often has an inner circle and a history of significant people who poured the best of themselves into their life.
Examples are David's mighty men, Jesus and his disciples with the inner circle of Peter, James, and John.
There are the inner circles of military accountability and there are the inner circles of unconditional love among family and brothers and sisters in the profession of arms.
These trusted relationships bring strength and long term success. They are wells of water that bring refreshment before or after life's challenges.
A person who "stands firm" surrounds themselves with the strength they desire to have.
If you want a strong marriage, surround yourself with marriages that reflect the high values of exclusiveness.
If you want to control your tongue, surround yourself with those who control their tongue.
If you are weak in mathematics, surround yourself with those who are strong in mathematics.
"Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another" (Proverbs 27:17).
A person who "stands firm" gives credit to others and to God. This is a person who can see objectively.
Those who think they have done their accomplishments without anybody are not seeing life correctly.
Self-delusion will soon follow. Above all things, there is a God who sees absolutely everything (Hebrews 4:13).
All victories are to be attributed to God almighty.
Stand firm, Soldiers and Airmen!
"Stand firm," is the call to those who live in faith before God. This is our spiritual fighting stance.
"Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible," said George Müller, a Christian apologist. "There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible.
"Faith begins where man's power ends."