“Having Done All, to Stand”
by Mary Beth Singleterry
In the book of II Samuel there is a story, only two verses long. It’s about a man named Shammah. The Philistines were preparing war and “gathered together a troop.” Everyone became afraid and ran from the Philistines. There was one man, however, who boldly stood, and that man was Shammah. The Bible says, “he stood in the midst of the ground and defended it, and slew the Philistines; and the Lord wrought a great victory.”
There are many other tremendous events in history, defining moments, which took place solely due to the ability of one person, who, defying all odds, stood alone with God — thus enabling a victory which otherwise could never have been accomplished.
One definition of “stand” is “to be able to endure or maintain one’s ground without yielding or receding.” Sometimes in life we may have earnestly prayed and worked through a problem, and the one last step to take is to courageously stand with what we know to be the Truth. This might be challenging if, perhaps, the physical symptoms have not yet abated and the problem is still looming, big as ever.
In order to stand, we must have absolute trust in the Almighty and in His promises. We must trust what we know in our hearts to be true, and not be impressed with what the material senses are trying to make us believe is true. When the Light of God shines, the darkness disappears into its native nothingness.
Mrs. Eddy states, “Every mortal must learn that there is neither power nor reality in evil.” (S&H) Seize your moment to stand fast with this Truth, and experience the healing power of God in your life. Like Shammah, unyielding, faithfully standing your ground with God, you, too, can be counted as one who gained a victory over error — “and having done all, to stand”!