My husband and I were at community group discussing the sermon during the bible study portion of the group and the question of what "hold fast" meant came up. The dictionary will tell you it means to remain tightly secured. I think it actually comes from a boat description where they had to grip during a storm or rough seas, grip very tightly.
That's how it's felt for me this week. I've been gripping very tightly to the thrown of our King Jesus. The Lord has allowed some dark times this week and I have been holding fast that he will deliver me through this time of mental instability.
Today is a better day. I will rejoice in that fact. Still feeling a bit sedated from taking extra medicine to even out the mania and depression but I will take a more even stable day for what it is, a better day.
So back to holding fast, the bible talks about this in Hebrews 10:23:
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.
Holding tightly during a storm or every day life means that we grip to God despite our surroundings, despite what is going on inside our minds. Despite the physical or mental pain we may be feeling. Despite any sickness that has overtaken us. We hold fast to the one true God who will deliver us from all evil. We don't know when he will deliver us if it be here on earth or when we get to heaven. But we trust that God knows best and he will work our situation out for his glory and for our good. We have hope.
Hope is a confident expectation in a future event. It’s based on the promises of who your faith is in. God is calling us to hold fast to the risen King, not our own strength or intellect.
It is a race, but it’s not one to be run alone. The journey of the Christian life is never a solo endeavor.
Let us hold fast...
It’s a team, it’s a gospel-family effort. We have to help one another hold fast to Jesus amidst the storm. Your ability to hold fast is not in yourself, but the one who holds you and all things together.
For me, holding fast this week has meant talking to others in person, praying, asking for prayer through phone calls and texts. Being hopeful that God will hear the requests of my sisters and brothers in Christ and deliver me from mental anguish.
We continue to hold fast when we recognize that Jesus is our only hope and He will never leave me or forsake me. God has never wavered. Although we may waver, He has and will not. He gives us grace and gospel community to endure all things.
So many of our neighbors or coworkers have no hope in this world. They always seem to be moving but not actually going anywhere. Others have a hope—perhaps in a president or a relationship or security in finances—but it’s a hope in tomorrow. It never lives up to its promises.
Jesus gives us grace for today and grace for tomorrow. He will bring us into our fathers house where we will be fully known and fully loved. Take heart in Him, for He has overcome the world.
I pray we hold fast to Jesus together, we can take His word to others and the nations. Matthew 24:14 -
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
May we preach the good news to each other in the good times and bad, may we stand boldly together and hold fast to Gods truth, the good news of the gospel.