In the midst of a great trial, God has provided you a banner or an opportunity to raise up his standard. The standard you can raise is truth. For the world who either rejects truth or will not read God’s word, there is still a standard of truth displayed. That standard is your testimony of faith in the trial.
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah. (Psalms 60:4)
Strength to raise or hold up the standard does not come from determination or dedication, but from times of fellowship with The Lord. As we draw nigh to God, he draws nigh to us and with that he brings his supply of grace. It is by God’s grace that we have the strength of faith to raise the standard before the world.
Sin robs us. It robs us of joy and also strength. Each time we fall to sin, we are weakened in our walk. As we become weak, so does our faith. It is because of weakened faith that we waiver in holding up a standard of truth for others to see. That is why we must daily turn to God for forgiveness so that he may again establish our feet on the rock.
Holding up the banner is not a fanatical action, which says, “Look at me, I have a lot of faith!” Instead, the banner is automatically raised in your life as you look to God for deliverance. The scoffers will mock and scorn, but as you remain steadfast in faith to God, he will exalt you and your banner for all the world to see.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7)
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