Wisdom's Corner
Do Not Lose Your Grip

When I was growing up I watched a lot of cartoons. It was not unusual in a cartoon for a character to fall over the edge of a cliff. The character many times would grab hold of a branch of a small tree to keep from falling. The character would hold on to this branch until someone would rescue him.

You could say that the character held firm to the branch. His grip was sure and stedfast because he did not want to fall. He was not going to let go of that branch no matter what happened.

We are to be that way with God. We are not to let go of our hope of living with God in heaven forever. The word in the Greek which could mean "not losing your grip" is used in Hebrews 6:18-19. There we read, "That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil."

The word for "not lose your grip" is the word "stedfast". We must never let go of our hope for heaven. We must keep a tight grip on it. And the only way to do that is to always study our Bible and obey what it says. We must always obey God and do what He wants us to do. That is the only way to keep our grip on our hope. If we obey Him, He is faithful to take us to heaven one day. If we do not obey Him, we will lose our grip on our hope and we will fall.

Until next time, keep studying your Bible. Make sure that you keep a tight grip on your hope. And if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.

Mark McWhorter

Copyright 1999

Published by The Old Paths Bible School