You shall fear the Lord your God. You shall serve him and hold fast to him, and by His name you shall swear. Deut. 10:20
For if you will be careful to do all this commandment that I command you to do, loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and holding fast to him, then the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations greater and mightier than you. Deut. 11:22 & 23
You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear him, and keep his commandment and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him. Deut. 13:4
(All verses are taken from ESV ©2001 by Crossway)
What does it mean to hold fast?
The original word for this phrase means to cling, stick, or cleave to something. The modern dictionary defines the word “hold” as to have or keep in the hand; and the word “fast” as the ability to move quickly. All three definitions carry the concept of both possession and speed.
We all have a natural tendency to plan. It’s not a bad thing, and in many ways it can be helpful. But what happens when things don’t go our way? I safely assume that you are like me and you don’t like it when things don’t go your way. Or worse yet, you either balk or completely freak out. In our confusion, the natural (sinful) tendency is to run away from God and try to hide. This is due to a lack of faith and trust in Him. The concept and command to hold fast reminds us where safety and security can be found; in God.
When everything else in life is chaotic, God isn’t. We need to cleave, to hold fast, to Him because He never changes (James 1:17; Hebrews 13:6, Malachi 3:6) and never forsakes (Hebrews 13:5).
In the next post we will discover why God is worth holding fast to.