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What is holding fast to God? How do you hold fast to Someone you can’t see or touch?
When we read through the Bible and look at the men of God, there are a few that stand out. Some because they hold fast to God…and some because they don’t.
Pretty much everyone knows who David is, and who Goliath is. They’ve heard of Samson and Noah and maybe even Jonah. But many people miss Hezekiah.
He’s not one that automatically jumps to mind as particularly remarkable and yet Scripture reveals something very impressive about him: Hezekiah knew about holding fast to God.
He trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel, so that there was none like him among all the kings of Judah after him, nor among those who were before him. For he held fast to the Lord. He did not depart from following him, but kept the commandments that the Lord commanded Moses. And the Lord was with him; wherever he went out, he prospered. He rebelled against the king of Assyria and would not serve him.2 Kings 18:5-7, ESV
Holding Fast To God
Hezekiah was one of a kind among the kings of Israel “for he held fast to the Lord.” Among all of the kings, godly and ungodly, he is singled out for this lifestyle.
When I read this, I immediately asked myself: “What does that even mean? Am I holding fast to the Lord?” And I’d like to ask you to consider that same question.
Are you holding fast to the Lord, my sweet friend? Let’s look at what that means.
Be A Woman Who Stands Out & Holds Fast
To be a woman who follows this example we must start where Hezekiah started which was trusting God. Then we must hold fast to Him.
Some synonyms for “hold fast” are: adhere to, carry out, embrace, and live by. “Holding fast” in the Bible literally means to hold your position, or fix your gaze and not lose sight of.
So this means that our attention -and therefore our actions- are fixed on God.
After that, we need to obey His instructions — which is really the next logical step if your gaze and heart are locked on God. Let’s look at what that means for us today.
Holding Fast Means Trusting the God of Israel
Trusting God is hard. He asks for some pretty big things from those who follow Him.
Abraham was asked to sacrifice Isaac, David defeated a giant with a handful of pebbles, Peter walked on water, Paul was shipwrecked, and His own Son hung on a cross.
We have trust that no matter where He leads us, His love and grace will be enough. It might be hard, it might even be downright painful. But it will also be worth it.
Holding fast starts with trust.
Holding Fast Means Being Anchored
To hold fast means to be tightly secured or anchored to something. Are you anchored to the Lord?
If so, the storms of life my toss you to and fro a bit, but you don’t wander from His side when they do.
If you are tightly secured to Him, the world may get your attention but it cannot woo you from His hold. It means while you might be tempted, you hold fast and don’t give in.
Holding Fast Means Staying In The Word
First, we need to read the Word. Then we need to do it. It’s very simple in theory, but so challenging in execution.
But Hezekiah did it. He upheld the Law of God. And because of it he was blessed, and the nation of Israel was blessed under his rule.
The Rewards of Holding Fast to God
The Bible says that wherever Hezekiah went out, he prospered because God was with him. And then it notes that he would not serve the king of Assyria. This means he would worship God only, and not bow to an earthly authority that threatened him.
For us, today, that means that we need to make sure we don’t have other idols that rule our affections.
And it also means we get to enjoy the benefits of holding fast to God.
Whenever He sends us out and we follow Him, He will prosper us. That prosperity might not be earthly riches, but they will be heavenly.