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“It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we’ve heard so that we don’t drift off.” Heb. 2:1
How easy it is to become distracted by anything and everything. All the things we perceive we need to make life easier and better add to our difficulty in keeping our eyes focused on the unseen world.
We can be tempted to hold onto things, situations, problems, people, and past wounds and loss. When we hold on to these things we lose our grip on the One whose hand we most need to hold. We can’t hold onto them and Him too!
The writer of Hebrews reminds us of our peril if we do not hold onto what is key.
You see, when we have received gospel truths into our minds, we can let them slip away from us. Our minds can be like a leaky vessel. The entanglements with the world, snares of the enemy, and neglect can allow the good things of the gospel to slip from our minds, our practices, our choices, and our behaviors.
I recall so well the directive to my children when they were small about holding onto my hand as we were shopping, crossing a street, or parking lot. At that time, they were unaware of the potential dangers in such places if their little hands were not firmly in my grasp.
Children of any age are curious and it can be easy to wander away and lose track of where a parent is.
I recall once when my daughter was near me in a store and I did not hold her hand. It was one of those clothing stores with “rounder’s” here and there with clothes hanging on them as well as the usual shelves and racks along the wall. She was weary of my looking through the racks and plunked herself down on the floor. Suddenly, I realized she was not beside me and I could not immediately find her under the racks of clothing. The panic I felt was enormous.
It is not just when we are young that we need a good grip. It happens also when we are older and perhaps less steady on our feet or not as strong to maintain a good balance.
A good grip is crucial many times to our safety, but what are you holding onto?
There is something else we must hold fast to as well that is no less crucial than a parent’s hand or a handrail. Failing to do so can be no less deadly. The writer of Hebrews reminds us in the second chapter that we are to be careful about what we have heard regarding our salvation so we don’t drift away from it.
Dear Lord, please help each of us to have a good grip holding to the truth of the Gospel and the strength of your hand. Loose those things we hold in our hands that distract us and cause us to let go of You.
No matter what age we are or how long we have known you, we need to see within the grip of your hand and the gracious grace you have purchased for us.
I am holding on. Please don’t let go of my hand.