2 Timothy 1:13-18
13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.
15 This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.
16 The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:
17 But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me.
18 The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.
It’s easy for me to lose my grip on things these days. During my cancer battle I developed neuropathy on the outside of both of my hands. This includes my outside two fingers on both hands. There is some feeling on the ring finger, but little on the pinkie. Just a numbness That still persists. This numbness makes it very difficult to grip things tightly and to hold on for a long time. It is very frustrating and I am believing God for healing.
But how do we hold onto words? They are not things that we can grip with our hands or fingers. They are not solid objects that have a handle on them. They fly through the air and land on our ears. If it is a language we understand than we do our best to comprehend what is said. We don’t always get the whole message correct, but we usually do our best. Sometimes we completely misunderstand and get frustrated and upset at the words that have come our way. Words are powerful things.
That old adage that says “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” is so wrong. The hurt of words can last a lifetime and can destroy a soul. They can also lift us up and edify us to greater things. They can break our souls or heal our spirits. They can make us believe or they can deceive. James talks a lot about the tongue. He says we should not bless and curse out of the same mouth. He says we are known by what proceeds out of our mouth. Jesus said we will give account for every word we speak. How careful we should be before we let words leave our lips.
Paul tells us to hold fast the sound words that he has spoken in faith and love. He wants us to know and understand everything he has said and then stay with it. Holding fast means that we follow those words, that we live those words. When someone loses their tamper or just gets frustrated beyond control, we tell them to “Get a grip”. When we just can’t seem to understand something, we tell others we just “can’t get a handle on it.” Some times when I ask people how they are doing they say “I am hanging in there.”
We all want to hold fast to something. It is so ingrained in us that we use these cute sayings to demonstrate the fact that we need something to hold onto. We can’t go through life in a freefall with nothing to cling to. There has to be something we can reach out to in times of trouble, something we can grab when we are about to fall. The words of the Bible provide that.
Think about it. When we are in a difficult situation, what is it we can hold onto? John 14:27 says “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” When we have a tough decision to make, we can turn to Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trus in the Liord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and he shall direct your path.” I can not begin to tell you how many times I held onto that scripture in my life. In times of anxiety, Paul says “be anxious for nothing.” In Philippians 4:6. He tells us God is able to complete the work which He began in us (Philippians 1:6). When we are not sure if we are capable he tells us we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). When we can’t make ends meet, he says “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
These and many more verses are things we can hold onto even in our most desperate times. There is nothing too hard for God (Jeremiah 32:27). Everything we are going through and all that comes our way will work out for our good (Romans 8:28). God loves us with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3) and He will hear our cry (Jeremiah 33:3). If you’re going through a rough time and don’t know where you should turn, Get a Grip! The Word of God is something you can hold fast and never let go, because it will always be true!