November 8, 2018
Even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me. Psalm 139:10
I think a lot of folks believe they're going to be kept saved by somehow just “holding on.” You hear them say something like this: “Pray for me that I’ll hold out faithful to the end."
Suppose God had said to Noah, "Now, Noah, if you want to be saved, put some pegs on the outside of that ark. When it starts to rain, you get on a step ladder, go up, and hold onto those pegs. Your feet will be dangling; the water will be rising; it's gonna be rough. But Noah, if you can hold onto that slimy peg until the water goes down, you'll be saved.”
I don't think Noah would have made it, do you? I can see Noah saying to Mrs. Noah, “Honey, pray for me that I’ll hold out faithful the end." But God said to Noah, “Come into the ark,” and the same God that shut the water out, shut Noah in. Now Noah may have fallen down inside that ark, but he never fell out of it.
Oh, friend, people think they're saved by holding onto Him! No, my dear friend! We're saved because He holds onto us! Security is in a person, and His name is Jesus. It’s not that we hold on to Him, but that He holds on to us.
Spend some time today simply praising God for His faithfulness, His steadfastness, and His unconditional love for you.