If you’re like me you enjoy a good cup of coffee each morning. I enjoy mine rich, strong, sweet, and creamy. I like to fix my own coffee, adding my preferred amount of sweetener and creamer. Sometimes I find the right formula that just makes me want to close my eyes and say mmm mmm mmm! Even though caffeine is a stimulant a perfect cup can be relaxing.
A good cup of coffee.
A beautiful perfect summer day.
A day spent with a special friend.
A perfect date night.
A snuggle with your pet.
A quiet morning.
A satisfying workout.
A perfect football game.
A special day with your kid(s).
I could go on but I’m sure you get the idea, good things, things and moments that don’t always come easily. We treasure these moments or “hold on” to them and wish for more.
I was reading a devotional recently and the scripture reference really stuck with me. 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22. In particular the words, “…hold on to what is good…”. In the KJV it says, “…hold fast…”. At first I didn’t care for the word “fast”, until I looked up the meaning.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary App on Iphone,
1 a: firmly fixed
b: tightly shut
c: adhering firmly
d: not easily freed
All of those things that make us happy or that bring joy to our hearts we hold on to. We don’t want to let go of these memories; we want to duplicate those moments.
Overall the world we live in is not good. It is in defiance against God. Man does not naturally get better in this world yet he naturally is more sinful. So what are the “good” things that this scripture is alluding to?
We are to fasten ourselves to the good that scripture points us to. Good is the Living God, Elohim! Jesus The Savior. He who died and rose again so we can one day be in a perfect world with the perfect Holy King! Hold on to the promises of God that He has made in His word. Promises of being with us through each trial and tribulation here on earth. Promises to come again to restore things to the way they should be. The promise that one day everyday will be even better than that perfect cup of coffee.
We are to fasten ourselves to these good promises and to leave alone the temptations of the world.
1 Thes. 5:21-22 “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” NASB
Hold on to the memories of the good things that God has done for you. Hold on to the promise that He will bring you to the other side of your suffering and pain.
Hold tight to these things.
Hold fast to these things.
Hold on to these things.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary App on Iphone
1 c: to fix firmly or securely
Fasten yourself because just as a hurricane can whisk away a ship on the shore our enemy will indeed try to whisk us away with seemingly “good” stuff. Fasten, hold fast to what you know is true! God’s word is true; the Holy Spirit testifies with your spirit that it is true. Hide the Word in your heart, fasten it away tightly, adhere to it each day and that “good cup of coffee”, so to speak, is coming soon!