“Even though a powerful army surrounds me, my heart will not fear. Even if they attack me, I will remain confident.” (Psalm 27:3)
Remaining is an easy word to say and even to understand; it simply means staying. Putting it into practice, however, is much more difficult. As a young adult, how can you remain faithful to God when everything you believe in collapses in front of you and you don’t know what to do? How do you believe in God when your parents lose their jobs and they’re the only source of financial income for your family? How do you stay in the ways of the Lord when you’re studying and working to help alleviate the difficult situation at home yet things continue to worsen? How do you remain faithful when you or a family member is diagnosed with a disease that medicine can’t cure? How do you do it when you see a loved one die and you think it wasn’t their time yet?
I wonder, as a young woman, how can I remain faithful to God in circumstances like these?
The words of Psalm 27:3 were written by King David. As the Bible tells, we know that David had enemies that tried to kill him several times, that he lived as a refugee, that he was persecuted by armies, and fought in many battles. David’s life was in constant threat of death, even so, it’s admirable and even unusual that David felt safe. He knew and had experienced the greatness and power of God. That’s why, no matter what happened, he said: “I will remain confident.”
God had power in David’s time and he still has power today. The Bible says that he is the same yesterday and today and that he never changes or casts a shifting shadow. So, if God saved, healed, and provided in those times, He will also do it in the times that we’re living in.
Biblically, I would define remaining as not giving up on your calling, not letting your faith unravel, not empowering the lies of the enemy, and above all, not doubting the power, love, grace, and sovereignty of our God.
“Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with your hands. They will perish, but you remain forever; they will wear out like old clothing. You will change them like a garment and discard them. But you are always the same; you will live forever.” (Psalms 102:25-27)
How beautiful is our God! The verse does not say that God will remain or that he remained, but that he remains. It’s talking about the present – our present. It’s time for us to remain, especially in days of sadness, pain, suffering, and scarcity. Whatever the situation, God remains. So, I challenge you to remain and you will see how God will work in your favor.
Remember God remains and so must we!