I have a weird daydream I repeat from time to time. It’s not a feel good one, it’s of the nightmarish variety. I think about it when I’ve watched a movie or show where someone is in a tight spot (hanging on the side of a cliff) and they are holding on for dear life…
—until they’re not.
Then I daydream about myself in the same spot. I think, what made that person let go of the rope or ledge and fall to their death.?Did they feel they were in an irredeemable spot? Or was it because the muscles in their arms were burning and death seemed better?
I ponder these questions as I hang on to my imaginary rope until I’m sick with fear.
Just in the nick of time I snap back to reality.
“But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a good crop. “ Luke 8:15
As I was reading this verse today the word perseverance jumped out at me.
Without it, I’m the person who lets go of the rope.
In the above verse, it’s not enough to have a noble and good heart, or to hear the word and retain it, but I have to persevere (hang on), to produce the good crop (to live out what God has for me).
What makes us give up on things?
I can give you a million reasons for myself and most of them are bound to lies the enemy tells me and I choose to believe.
God’s speaks often in His word of persevering and pressing on. Colossians 1:11-12, Galatians 6:9, James 1:12, Thessalonians 3:13, Hebrews 6:11. Philippians 3:12-4:1
Stand firm and you will win life. (Luke 21:19)
I believe Jacob was entrusted to carry the name Israel over his brother Esau because of his tenacity. Jacob was the kind of guy who would never give up and God knew this. (Genesis 35:10)
When I’m teetering over the imaginary cliff that’s exactly what God wants me to do—hang on!
That’s what He wants all of us to do in all He has called us to do.
In Luke 8:15 Jesus is saying, yes to good soil. Yes, to a noble and good heart. Yes, to hearing and retaining His Word. But the ground can fall away from underneath us if we don’t press on.
Because life is going to throw us circumstances. Ones that hit us hard, shake us up, making us dizzy, causing us to be unsteady, loosening our grip, tempting us to let go of what connects us to our next breath.
And frankly sometimes dropping to our death seems easier.
But friends the holding on, the perseverance, builds the character that gives us hope and hope keeps us going. (Romans 5:3-5)
He whose promises are yes, ( 2 Corinthians 1:20) will complete the good work He has started in us. (Philippians 1:6)
And He who loves us calls us to:
Hang on to the rope.
Hang on to His Word.
Hang on to His promises.
Hang on to our dreams.
In due time He will pull us to the safe place He has prepared for each.
Looking forward, pressing on and seeking God in every bump and twist in the road.