Unrelenting. That is a really great word. We have been through some pretty tough times in the last couple of years, and unrelenting seems like a good word to describe what has tried to take control of our lives. Our winds seem unrelenting at times in the Spring. The years of drought were certainly unrelenting. Unrelenting. What does that even mean. The good old Webster’s defines it as “not yielding in strength, severity or determination.”
Certainly, we have seen hurricanes occur that appear to be unrelenting as they hit the land and destroy everything in their path. But there is a good side to unrelenting. In fact, take the word “severity” out of the definition and there is nothing wrong with unyielding strength and determination. Look at our football teams. The coaches want defensive linemen and linebackers who are unrelenting. They want quarterbacks and running backs that run with determination. That is how we win.
As Christians, we should be living lives that show an unrelenting faith in God. A faith that never loses its strength or determination. But, this is not easy. When the unrelenting storms of life seem to just keep coming at us, over and over, it is hard to have the kind of faith that continues on, not just keeping the faith, but instead, growing the faith. As we watch over and over how God cares for us and how He watches over us as we go through the issues of life, our faith should be growing in strength. In fact, there are a couple of scriptures that speak of that kind of faith.
Nehemiah talks about this.” So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Nehemiah 8:10.
Isaiah 26:3-4 says, “Those of steadfast mind You keep in peace—because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock.”
Do you see what He is saying? When you stand firm, He stands beside you. He holds you. He lifts you up. He gives you peace when you trust Him. Our lives become a strong witness for the Lord. Don’t you want that in your life? I so want to be living a life of faith in the midst of storms. I want to be that player the coach can count on to be unrelenting in my pursuit of the win.
I want to live a life of unrelenting faith in my God, my Savior, and my Lord. Live a life of unrelenting faith! It will make a difference!