for the Week:
I am coming soon.
Hold on to what you have. Revelation 3:11
A cowboy friend of mine who grew up on a ranch in Texas
has a number of colorful sayings. One of my favorites is
“It don’t take much water to make good coffee.” And when
someone ropes a steer too big to handle or is in some kind
of trouble, my friend will shout, “Hold everything you’ve
got!” meaning “Help is on the way! Don’t let go!”
In the book of Revelation we find letters to “the seven
churches in the province of Asia” (chs. 2–3). These
messages from God are filled with encouragement, rebuke,
and challenge, and they speak to us today just as they did
to the first-century recipients.
Holding on to God's promises in hard times strengthens
Twice in these letters we find the
phrase, “Hold on to what you have.” The Lord told the
church at Thyatira, “Hold on to what you have until I
come” (2:25). And to the church in Philadelphia He said,
“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no
one will take your crown” (3:11). In the midst of great
trials and opposition, these believers clung to God’s
promises and persevered in faith.
When our circumstances are harsh and sorrows outnumber
joys, Jesus shouts to us, “Hold everything you’ve got!
Help is on the way!” And with that promise, we can hold on
in faith and rejoice.
Lord, we cling to Your promise, expect Your return, and
hold on with confidence as we say, “Even so, come, Lord
The promise of Christ’s return calls us to persevere in
~Paula and Reginald,
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