Joshua 23:8 (NKJV)
8 but you shall hold fast to the Lord your God, as you have done to this day.
In John 14:6 Jesus says… (6) I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me… But how often do we honestly cling to Jesus as we should? When the going gets tough, is it self that we look to for strength and wisdom, or is it Jesus? I find during the most difficult times, I try to plan the exit strategy, I try to depend on my strength, I look to my own wisdom, instead of clinging to the One that knows the beginning from the end, who is the Alpha and the Omega. I think of the scene in Titanic where Rose is clinging to that board in the middle of the ocean, knowing that it is the only thing that is going to save her from a watery death. Is that the way we cling to Jesus? Side note… in my humble opinion, there was plenty of room for Jack on that board… just saying.
He Has A Plan
Unlike the captain of the Titanic, the Lord has a plan for us, and it is very good. Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us… (11) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope… It is amazing to me the number of times I can look back on my life and see the Lord’s hand through it all. Whether it was finding the perfect wife, landing the perfect job, or just having a really good day, anything good in my life I can honestly credit God’s awesome plan for my life. It is the times that I make my own plans that get me in trouble. You know that feeling you get when you know you are out there making decisions on your own? Yup, those decisions are usually my downfall.
Talk To Him
I take great heart in all of the warnings in the Bible, not only because it is good doctrine, but also because of the reason they were written... other people have fallen into the same pitfalls that I continually fall into. If you can find a warning or direction in the Bible, it is there because someone else failed in that respect first. In Colossians 4:2 we read… (2) Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving… Why is this verse there? Probably because the Colossians were not continuing in prayer, and were not vigilant with thanksgiving. Oh, how important is it to be in continual prayer with Him! It reminds me of the story of the old man and the old woman in their old truck. The old couple was driving down the road as the old woman asks why it is that they don’t sit close to each other anymore. The old man driving the truck reminds her that he has not moved. If we are not hearing from the Lord, it is probably not Him that has discontinued the conversation.
We must be believers that continue to cling to Jesus no matter the situation. Acts 2:42 offers us the following… (42) And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers… We need to be in continual study of God’s word to know what He is saying to us. We must be in continual fellowship to help build each other up. Finally, we have to continue to remember the sacrifice made and cling to the promise of the cross. A life completely sold out for Him should be the result of clinging steadfastly to Jesus.
There should be nothing part-time about our walk with Jesus. We must cling to His promises, be steadfast in His doctrine, and remain absolutely dedicated to Him.
Deuteronomy 11:22–23 (NKJV)
22 “For if you carefully keep all these commandments which I command you to do—to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, and to hold fast to Him—23 then the Lord will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess greater and mightier nations than yourselves.