Every Friday I join a community of bloggers for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt, five minutes. Unedited. The prompt this week is … Fast.
I was blessed to be raised in the church. It was a small church and everyone knew everyone. We were in Sunday School every week with lessons to be read, verses to be memorized, and flannelgraph images to bring the stories to life.
Nothing fancy, very plain really, but the stories and verses stuck.
The word prompt immediately brought one phrase to mind – “hold fast.”
Hold fast means to remain secured tightly to something; to continue to believe in or adhere to an idea or principle. Or one might even say, to biblical principles.
As the years pass, it seems the world is changing more rapidly than I would like. Or perhaps I should say, faster than I would like.
“Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God and walk in all His ways and keep His commandments and hold fast to Him and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.” (Joshua 22:5, NASB)
Scripture reminds us to hold fast to God, to His Word, and to serving Him. And we are to do so with all of our being.
This concept of “holding fast” is repeated as Paul writes to Timothy. The wording is slightly different, but again we see we are to continue in the things we learned and are convinced of; the things that led us to faith in Christ.
“You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:14-15, NASB)
The world is changing fast.
Jesus remains the same yesterday and today and forever.
Hold fast to Him.