Ephesians 6:13, ” Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
My daddy used to have a saying, “You’ll either have to stand for something or be prepared to put up with everything.” The saying may have come from somewhere else, I don’t know, but there is a lot of truth in it. In today’s world, evil abounds. Even in America, where the Church has enjoyed a precious liberty, we have witnessed a drastic decrease in Godly morals. Abortion and sodomy are being praised rather than being shunned. Our law enforcement is demonized and the people in prisons are idolized by songwriters and poets. The children, rather than being trained up in the ways of God (see Proverbs 22:6), are being taught the ungodly ideologies of this perverse and crooked generation. What are we to do? The Bible commands us to “stand.” Stand up for what’s right.
In 2 Timothy we find Paul writing to a man who was very discouraged. Timothy, who was more than likely the pastor of the Church at Ephesus, was down and out because of his surroundings and things he faced. The city of Ephesus was filled with ungodliness and those who were given over to the entertainments of this world (see Acts 19:19 and 19:29). The Church was more than likely waning in their devotion to God (compare Ephesians 6:24 and Revelation 2:4, those types of things do not happen over night). In 2 Timothy 1:12, the Apostle said this, “…for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” What was Paul saying? He was telling Timothy to do right and trust God with the consequences. No matter what the world is doing around you Timothy, just stand up and do what’s right.
In Daniel chapter three, we learn about a king who desired men to worship his golden image, When the sound of music was heard, all the people were to fall down and worship the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had made. But there were three who would not, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah (you may know them better by their Babylonian given names of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego). These three men were determined to do what was right and were willing to suffer whatever befell them in doing so. Why? They loved God and believed in His grace and power. Daniel 3:17-18, “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, o king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” These words have encouraged and comforted the children of grace for many generations since the days they were spoken. These words do the same today. What an amazing example and outward showing of faith and love to God. What an incredible “stand” for what’s right. The Lord came that day and helped these men. After being cast into a burning fiery furnace, the Lord’s help blessed them to not be burned nor even have the smell of smoke on them (see Daniel 3:27).
In closing, I would remind the reader that the Lord, in His Word, has never called on His children to sin. In standing for what’s right, we should be constantly looking to please Him Who loves us. Yet, we should stand. Stand up for what’s right, or get ready to put up with everything the world will throw at you. For in doing you will find fellowship with Him Who always does right, the Lord. Amen!