“Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our [letter]. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.”II Thessalonians 2:15-17
As kids, we always looked forward to recess. There was a game we used to play called Red Rover, Red Rover. We would split into two teams, link our arms and set our feet and call the weakest person from the other side to try and break our bond. If we held the line, the person trying to break the chain joined our team. The chain would then grow longer, until the opposing team sought the weakest link in our chain and broke through.
I loved this game and I would imagine my feet had roots that planted me deep into the ground. I never wanted to be the one who was the weak link, and I used to dare the opposing team to try and break through. I took pride every time I held the line, even though my arms were red and bruised. I wish I could say this imagery was true in my Christian life, but I have found that my roots were not as deep as I thought they were, and at times have been easily swayed by the doctrines of this world.
I think of the things I have been taught in life. I think of the privilege I have been given to be exposed to the truth at a young age. I remember the church services, Sunday school classes, Bible classes, family devotions, and Bible readings. I never realized these times of truth would play such a pivotal part in my life when the whispered doubts of Satan and the philosophy of humanism rang in my ears. Little did I know that I would be exposed to theories that would oppose my God and the line that I thought would never break would get tested.
It does not take much for our faith to be tested and everyone must come to their own “crisis of faith” moment, a moment when we must defend our faith and remember the truth we have been taught. It will not be enough to casually know the truth, but we must be deeply rooted in the truth of God.
Where are you today friend? Are you standing fast in the truth you have been taught? Are you holding the line of truth or are you wavering with every type of teaching? When the wind of false doctrine blows, will you be like the tree planted by the rivers of water? Are your roots planted deep in the truth of God’s Word? May we allow God to establish us in every good word and work, and may we always remember that God’s Word will never return void.