Yesterday’s devotion was about God holding onto us. Today, I want to write about us holding onto Him based on verses in Deuteronomy and Joshua.
Deuteronomy 11:22-2322 “For if you carefully keep all these commandments which I command you to do—to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, and to hold fast to Him—23 then the Lord will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess greater and mightier nations than yourselves.
I read these two verses above and could not miss the obvious lesson in verse 22–a beautiful outline for how we can build our relationship with God. This is how we can go deeper in our walk with Him. When we go deeper we will find that we will hold fast to Him. This is where we experience victory in our Christian life. For the Israelites that was driving out the other wicked nations, for us it is overcoming difficult circumstances in our lives.
How We Can Go Deeper
There are three progressions: Three Steps
It starts with Love.
Step 1: To love the Lord your God - I cherish this invitation from a High and Holy God who wants us to love Him.
Step 2: To walk in all His ways - This is what scripture teaches us in our Bible, how to live the Christian life. We must be reading His word to learn how to walk in His ways.
Step 3: And to hold fast to Him – This is what makes the difference in a close relationship and in difficult times. This is the vital key to going deeper. Hold on and hold on tight.
If we don’t hold fast, we are much more vulnerable to grow cold and/or to stray.
Deuteronomy 11:22 clearly reminds us to start with love. Isn’t that a great place to start? This is why I want to repeat these steps spelled out in verse 22. This is so important to learn, so let’s go through it again.
1. Start with loving God.
2. Move forward with walking in His ways.
3. Go deeper when we hold fast to Him.
Holding fast keeps us close and will prevent us from straying and going after false gods or those things in our lives that take the place He should have, the preeminent place that is rightfully His.
Deuteronomy 13:4 is another verse that calls attention to holding fast and Joshua 22:5 brings this message home in the words of Joshua, chosen by God to be the Israelite leader and commander following the death of Moses.
You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.
“But take careful heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to keep His commandments, to hold fast to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
Do you love the Lord? Are you walking in His ways? Are you holding fast to Him?
Hold on and hold on tight.