Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him. (ESV)
Character was once defined by author Os Guinness as “What you do when no one is looking.”
Taking this idea further, one may consider that the test of godly character is evidenced by what you do “when no one but God is looking.” The key to a knowledge of God is discovered when a person acknowledges the very revelation of the person of Jesus and then believes in His powerful promise, “I will be with you always.”
With bold faith in Jesus, we all may come to know the watchfulness of God that inspires respect and faithfulness.
For those whose knowledge of God is remote or severed because of doubt or sin, it is far more difficult to remain steadfast and upright in character amidst temptations and trials. The pressures of conformity will lead people to adopt the values and practices of those who they associate with. The work of Satan is subtle to lead people away from God and toward self-satisfaction or rationalization of sin.
Many public figures who have been granted authority and responsibility have fallen from their position or rank because they did not remain steadfast under trial, or stand the test of moral integrity. Jesus taught his disciples to be discerning regarding false prophets (Matt. 7:20-21): Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
The key to living steadfast and blessed is to have Jesus Christ as the foundation, the rock of salvation.
Daily decisions and choices need to be founded upon something more than our imperfect judgments, and the Word of life and Way of truth and grace are essential. Jesus told his disciples: “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Matt. 7:24 ESV).
Pray for these churches:
Burlington Church of God
Coldwater United Methodist Church
St. Paul Lutheran Church