Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. (1 Co 16:13–14; NIV)
In May 1995, Randy Reid, a 34-year-old construction worker, was welding on top of a nearly completed water tower outside Chicago. According to writer Melissa Ramsdell, Reid unhooked his safety gear to reach for some pipes when a metal cage slipped and bumped the scaffolding he stood on. The scaffolding tipped, and Reid lost his balance. He fell 110 feet, landing face down on a pile of dirt, just missing rocks and construction debris. A fellow worker called 911. When paramedics arrived, they found Reid conscious, moving, and complaining of a sore back. Apparently the fall didn't cost Reid his sense of humor. As paramedics carried him on a backboard to the ambulance, Reid had one request: " Don't drop me." (Doctors later said Reid came away from the accident with just a bruised lung.) . Sometimes we resemble that construction worker. God protects us from harm in a 110-foot fall, but we're still nervous about three-foot heights. The God who saved us from hell and death can protect us from the smaller dangers we face this week. (Citation: Greg Asimakoupoulos, Naperville, Illinois. Leadership, Vol. 16, no. 4)
Paul's words to the Corinthians are just as relevant today. We have to be on our guard. From what you might ask, from the things of this world that would like to trap us. When I was growing up in Michigan, I spent a lot of time running around with an uncle that was my age. We would walk through forests and along streams, mostly just looking for trouble to get into.
During certain times of the year, we would have to be on our guard. We would slowly walk along the stream banks, watching our steps as we were looking for traps set by trappers. These traps are not something you want to walk on, so we were on the watch for them. The same is true of the world in which we live. There are traps all around us that Satan has set, just waiting for an unsuspecting person. That doesn't mean we should walk around in fear because Paul goes on to say, "stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong." We can stand firm because we know that no matter what Satan throws our way, God can take care of. We need to remember, God is in control; always has been and always will be. And our time on earth is really very short when compared to the eternity that we will spend with our Lord and Savior. So take courage and be strong, stand firm in the faith because what God has promised, He will see through till completion, and He promised He will protect us from all harm, whether a fall or a trip. He will be there to catch us.