“Will I be able to hold on?” vs. “He will hold me fast.”

I’ve had lots of responses to my email explaining that we won’t be able to meet on Sunday. In some ways its encouraging to hear so many expressing how much they will miss meeting together.

Being unable to meet together at such an unsettling time brings a kind of double whammy, and some of us might be wondering how we will do spiritually in the coming days and thinking “Will I be able to hold on?”

Now hear what Jesus says in John 10:27-30:

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (ESV)

For those who are trusting in Jesus, our confidence is never supposed to be in our capacity to hold on anyway. The Saviour himself says “no one will snatch them out of my hand”, and as if that were not sufficient grounds for confidence by itself, he goes on to say that it is impossible for his sheep to be snatched out of the Father’s hand because there is no one greater than the Father who could do that.

So when we are tempted to think: “Will I be able to hold on?” its good to remember Jesus’ words and rejoice in the confidence that “He will hold me fast.”

Here’s a simple setting of the hymn “He will hold me fast.” that you can download or have a listen to Keith and Kristyn Getty’s version on YouTube below.

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