Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Man this verse hit me this morning.
Faithful is always my favorite word for God. I have seen it and experienced it more times than I can count. Thankfully part of faithfulness is that you can keep gong back to the same well and washing in the same virtue.
But, this morning the word that really caught me in that verse was "unswervingly".
Now that, is a new experience I've had. To me a "swerve" had always been a sheer avoidance. You know just a little dodge of the tire remnant in your lane or switching sides of the grocery aisle to miss the wandering kid. Sometimes it might even look like the intentional miss you experience in bumper cars.
But after the events of last week I understand "swerving" to be something completely different. For me swerving included more than avoidance. I didn't know what was going on around me so I didn't know what kind of space I had. I probably over reacted a little and in that process my car locked up and did things cars are not really intended to do (ie come off the ground, spin in the middle of the highway and drive in ditches).
I'm not saying hitting the flying object head on was going to fare any better for me or my car (given the fact that I walked away with only a few scratches on my arm and a new car payment). But, what I did grasp is that "unswervingly" involves holding on tight to that which comes our way.
Not trying to avoid. Not trying to fix. Not trying to resolve. But, yielding. Being vulnerable. Trusting faithfulness to be the airbag.
Over recent months one of my "go to" albums for music is Matt Redman's 10,000 Reasons. Love so many songs on it, but Never Once is the go to. But this morning reading the reason behind the song, I'm sold even more. I challenge you to listen (Bonus: he has a really cool English accent) http://youtu.be/de6M5iu3Ez8
May the threads of Gods faithfulness in the past remind us that grace is not something we get because we deserve it. Faithfulness comes from Love.
You can go ahead and put this one on repeat-close your eyes, breathe deeply and hang on every word.