Reflection on Joshua 22:5
"Hold fast to Him." wow, what a great word picture! Holding fast to Him--I'm picturing myself clinging to the Lord, in the midst of the storm. Holding fast is not just coming near...holding out one finger...or a casual association. Holding fast is a desperate, passionate move to hold onto the Creator for dear life.
Also, notice the use of the word 'all.' We are to walk in ALL His ways....serve Him with ALL our heart and ALL our soul.......hmmm how hard is it to actually serve Him with our whole heart? Not begrudgingly, not half-heartedly, not hesitatingly. No, the whole thing. Completely sold out. Which is a hard thing to do, especially in America and in a culture that tries to pick and choose what parts of the Bible to believe. This is our challenge: Are you living ALL out for God?
1 Then Joshua summoned the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh 2 and said to them, “You have done all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded, and you have obeyed me in everything I commanded. 3 For a long time now—to this very day—you have not deserted your brothers but have carried out the mission the LORD your God gave you. 4 Now that the LORD your God has given your brothers rest as he promised, return to your homes in the land that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you on the other side of the Jordan. 5 But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to obey his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and all your soul.”