a study on the word ~stand~ part 12
The last word to embrace in this study…
Staunch or stanch – firm in principle; steady; constant and zealous; hearty -Webster’s 1828
We are told that it is not good to waver, or be tossed to and fro, but to be steady and firm… to stand.
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: Ephesians 4:14-15
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. James 1:6-8
This reminds me of the story told in the Bible …Jesus asleep on the ship and a storm arising. All the disciples were fearful and woke him up…
Rembrandt Christ in the Storm
And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. Matthew 8:26
Jesus likened fearfulness with a lack of faith. He demonstrated how we should be staunch and not waver, but be full of faith and believe.
To STAND is to be steady, staunch, firm, full of faith and not fearful.