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Have you ever stood in the ocean when the waves are rolling in? If you are not prepared and standing with your feet firmly set, the waves can easily knock you down. The Bible uses this idea of “standing firm” and “holding fast” when describing how we need to be living our lives. The term “hold fast” is defined as “to continue to believe in or adhere to an idea or principle.” The closely related word “steadfast” is defined as “resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.”

We are to hold fast to God and be obedient to Him. “It is the Lord your God you must follow, and Him you must revere. Keep His commands and obey Him; serve Him and hold fast to Him” (Deuteronomy 13:4).

We are to hold fast to our faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our Savior. “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession” (Hebrews 4:14).

We are to hold fast to the teachings that we have received through the Bible. “So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter” (2 Thess. 2:15).

We are to continue steadfast in the work of the Lord. “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58). 

Are we standing firm or letting life’s worries wash us away like ocean waves?

Brad Tolbert
Monticello church of Christ
Monticello, AR

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