Hold fast. 2 Timothy 1:13
A recent hiker along the Irish Cliffs of Moher saw an amazing sight. The wind was blowing so fiercely it caused a waterfall on the Doolin side of the cliff to flow backward. The man captured the scene with his phone and posted the video online. The water was spraying upward, blown by powerful gusts, literally making it a waterfall in reverse.
Similarly, If we aren’t careful, the gusts and gales of cultural pressure can reverse the Godward course of our morals, our behavior, our thoughts, and our habits. When the prophet Daniel was a young man he purposed in his heart to remain undefiled. As an old man, he was pressured to compromise his habits of prayer, but he refused to be bullied into disobedience.
Obedience to God’s principles is the highest commitment we can make. Our biblical beliefs and behaviors may be offensive to the world, but we’ve got to go with the flow—the flow of the truth of God that issues from the pages of His Book. The Bible says, “Hold fast the pattern of sound words…. That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us” (2 Timothy 1:13-14).
The swift wind of compromise is a lot more devastating than the sudden jolt of misfortune. Charles Swindoll
Sermon: I Know Whom I Have Believed | 2 Timothy 1:1-14