Friday, February 11, 2011

hold unswervingly.

inspiration: Hebrews 10:23

"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful." -Hebrews 10:23

according to dictionary.com, to hope means to look forward and have reasonable confidence in.
we often hope FOR things, be it money, cars, relationships, happiness, whatever it is...
but we are ultimately called to hold out hope IN Christ. and not only with "reasonable confidence" but in TOTAL FAITH!

i believe it was a Greg Pinkner podcast from the Romans series where i heard this analogy - true HOPE is this: when a groom is standing at the altar waiting for his bride to walk through the doors of the church and down the aisle to be united with her. i believe the other perspective is true, too - that the bride is anticipating seeing her groom for the first time as well.

i think that's such a beautiful analogy - not only because one day i hope to experience the joy and hope of walking down the aisle to be united with my husband, but also because it is a perfect complement to Jesus and His bride, the church. He is waiting for us. We are holding out hope for Him.

but the word that really catches my attention in this is Scripture is unswervingly.

dictionary.com defines unswerving as "not turning aside; constant".
we are to hope (as Christians, with total faith) without turning aside.
we are to constantly have total faith in Him.

and of course, the last part of the verse is "for he who promised is faithful".
God is always working in us and through us to glorify Himself.

if i were to evaluate myself and get down to the root of all the things i struggle with, i think the one word that would summarize my struggles would be control.
but in holding unswervingly to the hope that i, as a Christ-follower, have, i need not have control. if i let everything go, God will provide - He promises to always provide for His children (Matthew 2:26). everything that happens are for His good and His glory (Romans 8:28). and even when things don't go my way, they are preparing and strengthening me for the future (James 1:2-4; Romans 5:3-5).

i'm horrible at trying to be in control. and it's something i struggle with constantly.

my prayer for myself is two-fold: one, that i would hold unswervingly in the hope i profess, and two, that i would know that God is faithful in all circumstances and He is working for His good in everything. i need His peace to allow me to give up this crazy monkey on my back and to be freed from the chains of worry and control.

i want to be at peace with steadfast confidence in Christ and His promises for me.

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