Devotions

Avoiding Wishy-Washiness

2 Thessalonians 2:15 (NIV):  So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.”

There are so many people out there that are “wishy washy.” They believe certain things and then change their mind, only to change it back again. In this season of elections it is really easy to point the wishy washy finger at politicians. My goodness, national figures on both sides of the aisle seem to change their positions based only on polling.

I am also aware that there was a recent movement by people who had cast their vote via mail weeks prior to election day who wanted to figure out how they could change their vote. With the recounting of votes and legal actions is there anything that is dependable right now?

The above verse challenges me, as a Jesus follower, to both “stand firm” and “hold fast.” But there is more to it. An anchor for me are the teachings that have been passed on to me. Here, I find the key to not being wishy washy in my life. The teachings are Scripture.

I find it interesting that Paul shares that I should stand on the truth regardless of how I have received it. He specifically mentions two ways. First, I can receive it by word of mouth. To me, that means that I should be listening to the teachings. We are blessed to have amazing and outstanding Bible teachers in our world. I personally watch and listen to teachers in person as well as through video, using resources such as YouTube and Right Now Media. Second, I can receive the truth by reading. My primary source of truth is reading God’s word directly; however, I also take advantage of many others who write words consistent with the truth found in the Bible.

When I begin to feel wishy washy myself, may I take a quick assessment of how I am embracing Scripture in my life. May I consistently read the Bible, study the Bible, and memorize the truth.

Prayer: Lord God, thank you for Your word. I commit to it being an anchor so that I can stand firm and hold fast even in the midst of a wishy washy world. By doing so, I can embrace The Anchor, Jesus Christ my Lord.

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