There will come a time when all of us will be given the opportunity to take a stand for what we believe.
The results will vary because of how you stand for what you believe. With God’s Word, we never have to worry about the stand we take; for if we base our lives on God’s Word, then we find in Proverbs 30:5 that we can make the right decisions and trust in God for the best outcome. It says, “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”
Some of us struggle with standing on God’s Word because we have failed, yet if we don’t keep trying to do what God wants, we may fall back to the place where we won’t be making much of a difference for Him. Keep standing on God’s Word even when you keep slipping. The more you stand, the stronger you’ll be, and the longer you’ll stand.
Hugh Latimer was a Protestant preacher who lived in England during the 1500s. When Queen Mary (known as bloody Mary) came to the throne, she attempted to bring England to the one-church order. Latimer spoke against her and was thrown into jail, along with his friend Nicholas Ridley. They were convicted of heresy and sentenced to be burned at the stake.
On Oct. 16, 1555, as they were led to the stake, Ridley drew back in fear, but Latimer comforted his friend with these words that have echoed through generations: “Be of good cheer, Master Ridley, and play the man, for we shall this day light such a candle in England as I trust, by God’s grace, shall never put out.”
And so they did light a candle for God from their fiery ordeal that sent a great move of God in the hearts of the people that has shown many the way to Christ.
Take your stand, whether large or small, for the cause of Christ, and point the way for others to make the right decision for the Kingdom of God. If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything, but if you stand for God, you will stand tall.
If you feel yourself falling, hold tight to the Word of God, and your candle will burn brighter and brighter.