Lay Hold and Hold On

life preserver“…Lay hold of my words with all your heart…”
Proverbs 4:4

“Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.”
Proverbs 4:13

Have you ever laid hold of something as if your life depended on it (probably the equivalent of “with all your heart”)? If you’re in deep water and someone throws out a life preserver, you wouldn’t try to catch it with one finger – your arms would be embracing it. That’s the passion and intention with which we should lay hold of the Word of God.

Laying hold is what we do first thing in the morning – some of us call that our “quiet time” or “devotion time.” We meet God and lay hold. But rather than closing the book and checking one more thing off the daily list, we have to hold on. If laying hold is the snapshot, holding on is the video. We keep walking in the truth – holding on to the truth – that was revealed as we began the day.

Are you and I holding on?

We may not intentionally let go, but just get distracted and grab onto something else. That “something else” may not even necessarily be an evil or bad thing. But fun things…good things…necessary things…are never to be the main thing. Whatever has our arms too full (or our minds too distracted) to hold onto the Word of God cannot be a good thing for us.

Whether you’ve chosen to deliberately let go or whether your grip has just loosened over time, let today be the day you lay hold…and hold on!

Laura Macfarlan


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