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There have been many of us who have been troubled with back complaints, I’m sure. Sitting, lying down, walking are very difficult, but I remember, for me, it was simply standing still which I found most difficult. I regularly spend time with people who are waiting-mainly for the phone call, the letter or the appointment at the hospital, but also for exam results or job interviews. It is a rather frustrating time - one so eagerly wants to move forward to ‘get answers’ that, even it is bad news, this is better than not to know, to just be waiting! In our Christian walk there are times when the only posture that seems right is to “Stand.”

When we are waiting for someone special to arrive at our house, we stand at the window anticipating their arrival. When our children were young they would spend a lot of time looking out to see who could be first to notice the anticipated visitor. In church services we generally stand to sing and to receive the blessing. When we are praying for someone about a particular urgent need, we stand beside them and probably lay our hands on them. There is something dynamic about getting to our feet and standing. There are issues in our lives where we have prayed all the prayers we know how to pray, it now time to simply “Stand.”

It is so easy to become passive about the things we are praying for, it seems we have been waiting for too long. We can allow discouragement to rob us of faith and hope. We can let the whisperings of the enemy say, “God is not listening to you, your prayer will never be answered.”

In Isaiah 7 v 9 we read, “If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.”

Galatians 5 v 1 says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” It is your birthright as a believer to life in freedom - free from fear, free from anxiety, free from condemnation, free from carrying burdens. Waiting can prove one of the most enlightening experiences of our life. Waiting is one of the greatest challenges to our progress as Christians. In these days where goals attained, work done, tangible success is everything, God takes us away from the desire to bring in worldly attitudes to the spiritual: He reminds us that Jesus, the Son of God, fulfilled seemingly little whilst here on earth, yet He is considered the most important person who has ever lived for much of the world’s population.

God bless you, David