Standing Firm

“…If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all." (Isaiah 7:9 NIV)

I was never so embarrassed in my life!  My physical therapist came to the house three times a week after my total knee replacement. This one particular day, she decided to help me walk outside—down the sidewalk in front of the house with my walker.  Everyone was watching … my daughter, my husband, the kids playing next door, and the nosy neighbor across the street peeking through her curtains thinking no one could see her! 

Lo and behold, I fell.  My knee wouldn’t bend, my other knee was skinned and bleeding, and the poor therapist couldn’t offer enough support to get me up.  Finally, with the help of my husband, my daughter, they got me on my feet and back in the house.  I was so embarrassed! 

My tumble was caused by my inability to stand firm.  One leg didn’t work well and the other wasn’t strong enough to offer me the stability I needed. 

If we can’t stand firm in our faith, we’ll tumble just like I did.  And, probably just like me, we’ll tumble where everyone can see us.  And, again, probably just like me, it will take more than just a simple desire to stand again—it will take a LOT of help.

Being chronically ill is a challenge in itself—it has the potential to be a spiritually crippling experience that can cause even the strongest person to take a tumble if we’re not established firmly in faith. 

We’re instructed in Ephesians 6:10, “…be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”

The Word of the Lord in Zechariah 4:6 reminds us that it’s “not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit”.

God knows our bodies were not meant to carry the load of chronic illness ourselves.  But in Him—His strength working in us and through us—we are than able. Stand firm in your faith … even when the nosey neighbor is watching!

Prayer:  Father, help me to be strong in faith, to stand firm in my knowing that You will sustain me when I am weak.  Help me stand, amen!



Jan Ross lives in Willard, OH, with her husband, Ron; they have six adult children and twelve incredible grandchildren.  Jan is an ordained minister and missionary with Heart of God International Ministries (  She enjoys teaching and writing Bible Studies and teaching piano.  Jan continuously experiences God’s strength being made perfect in her weakness from fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis and other chronic conditions.  Feel free to contact Jan at