February 3, 2014
22 If you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow—to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him and to hold fast to him— 23 then the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations larger and stronger than you.
This is a common practice of God’s promises in the Bible: if…. While the Father’s love is unconditional, it seems that most of His promises are not. I have a promise bucket by the front door. In it are strips of paper with promises from Him. Obedience seems to be a common theme. In this passage is another “if”: “hold fast to him.” I love the way some translations say it, “cleave to him” and the New Living Translation, “holding tightly to him.”
It’s interesting, but that seemed to be the theme of today’s study from Beth Moore’s, Living Beyond Yourself. She talks about our faith, one that isn’t based on what God does, but a faith that is based on who God is. It is a faith that can’t be “greatly moved” (Psalm 62:2, KJV), “shaken” (NIV). It is a faith, that whether God gives us what we want or doesn’t, we hold tightly to Him. We are thrilled when He blesses us with “good” things and sing His praises for them, but we also are to glory in our relationship with Him when things don’t quite go the way we want. In fact, if we decide to turn to Him during those times, our closeness to Him can be very strong – a sweet time with our loving Father.
Seek Him in all things, hanging on, cleaving to Him, holding tightly with a steadfast, immovable, unshaken faith. You will blessed in your “walk” with Him.