28th October 2020

Keep Steady and Hold On! 

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

The child’s face was a picture of concentration, the bicycle wobbled, the father called out ‘go on, you can do it.  Keep steady and carry on!’  A few more wobbles then balance was restored and the five-year-old became a cyclist, pedalling furiously along the path.  The parents applauded his efforts, calling out ‘well done, you did it!’  I was moved by the spectacle. It reminded me of how much God encourages me every day to ‘keep steady and carry on.’

One of the great ironies of life is that good times seem to fly past with amazing speed, but trials and difficulties feel as though they are with us forever—will it never end?  Patience vanishes, replaced by frustration and fear.  Yet God tells us “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for Me?” (Jeremiah 32:27). Our Saviour tells us nothing is impossible for God: “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible’” (Matthew 19:26). These scriptures are easy to believe when the going is good but hard to hold on to when the ‘wobbles’ occur.  Yet our Saviour and elder brother is not only on the touch line of our lives encouraging us, He is with us—all the way.

God had to remind Joshua to keep steady and carry on: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). Like the little child learning to cycle, we will get there. He trusted his Dad to keep him from falling. We must do the same with our Father in heaven—trust him, he will keep us steady as we hold on.

Wonderful, loving Father, thank you for your infinite patience and love for us.  When all seems lost, help us to stay close to You, steady us and grant us courage.

Study by Irene Wilson


About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone:  01923-855570
Email: watford@gracecom.church


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One Response to “28th October 2020”

  1. Stewart Raeburn on October 31st, 2020 7:29 pm

    Thank you Irene for this insight which is very helpful.

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