Jesus reminds us in Luke 21 that we will suffer in this life. He encourages us to “stand up” and to “stand firm” when persecution and trouble comes our way.
When we study the original language these words have even greater meaning and hope for those of us today who may be enduring some kind of suffering.
The greek word “anakypto” which the NIV translates stand up can also mean; to raise or lift one’s self up, ones body, ones soul. To be elated or exalted.
Also, “stand firm” in the greek is “hupomone”, one of my very favorite greek words, which means, in the New Testament the characteristic of a man who’s not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings. The word also means, to stay up under the weight of; to persevere.
When I think of the difficulties and sufferings of this life; a broken relationship, loss, abandonment, abuse, or a financial strain. I am reminded of the words of Jesus that tell us to lift up our bodies and our souls in elation towards God, for He is mighty, faithful and true, just as Moses reminds us in Exodus 14:13, “Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today.” The word for stand firm in Exodus means, “to stand still.” How often when suffering comes do we wish to flee from it or find some outlet to deal with our pain that only brings about more destruction in our lives?
Yet, God calls us to simply stand still, lift up our heads and with joy, believe Him for our deliverance. In our persevering we will be blessed. God might not deliver us fully from that which is causing us our suffering. However, He may use it to deliver us from pride, selfishness, doubt or some deep rooted issue we’ve kept hidden for far too long.
Dear sister, dear brother, whatever life brings you today I want to encourage you to trust God; stand up, stand firm, persevere and stay up under the weight of your suffering. For your God is faithful and gives you the grace to stand up and lift up your head no matter what life brings your way. For truly, we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us. (Romans 8:37)