I have a new favorite word. I have read it several times in my Bible readings. I sing it in songs. I have heard it many times throughout my life. But, today I read it in my verse for the day and for some reason it stuck with me.
In Psalm 51:10 it says, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Steadfast stuck. I looked it up to see what the dictionary had to say about my new favorite word. Here is what I came up with: loyal, steady, dedicated, fixed in direction, firm in purpose, unwavering, firmly established, firmly fixed in place, single minded, and whole hearted.
This got me to thinking. Am I steadfast? My answer was yes. I am unwavering when it comes to eating. You can guarantee that I am going to eat every day. When my stomach starts to growl, I am gonna eat some food.
I am loyal in my relationships with people. Even when they are not being loyal to me.
I am dedicated to working. I enjoy the lifestyle that I live and I don’t want to give it up. Therefore I am dedicated to working so I can keep my bills paid.
So in some things I am very steadfast. But, I am not always loyal to God even though He is loyal to me all the time. I am not dedicated to Him. Oh yeah, sometimes I follow God’s will for me and sometimes I have faith that His plans for my life are perfect. Life goes pretty good and I get real comfy. That is when I begin to follow my own way. My spirit is anything but steadfast.
I looked up verses that had steadfast in it. There were several so I picked a few that I liked. In Psalm 119:5 it says,”Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees!”
1Peter 5:10 says, “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast”
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
Proverbs 11:19 He who is steadfast in righteousness will attain to life, And he who pursues evil will bring about his own death.
1Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.
After reading those verses why in the world would I not remain steadfast. Why would I want to do anything but what God wants? It seems when I am doing my own thing I end up with a mess of a life that can only be cleaned up by my heavenly father.
I am going to strive to keep a steadfast spirit. I want my whole heart to be for God. I am going to try very hard to stay loyal to Him and follow His ways and not my own.