Recently my daughter was on hold for a medical office for at least 45 minutes before she finally hung up.  You all know the drill—A robotic voice tells you that all lines are busy but your call is really important to them.  Then you get to hear the same message every 2 minutes with some irritating music as a beacon of hope.  If you can hold on you may get to talk to a real live human who will ask you to repeat the same information you already gave to the machine.  All this could teach you patience or make you feel as if you are a victim of a hold up.

The Bible speaks of being on hold as well as holding on.  It often uses endure patiently (2 Cor 1:6) (Rev 3:10) (Rev 14:12) and holding fast (Dt 11:22) (Dt 13:4) (Dt 30:20) to the Lord God. Christians have to also hold unswervingly to our hope (Heb 10:23). They must hold out the word of truth (Php 2:16) in order to shine like stars in the universe (v 15).

They also must hold on to the good (1 Th 5:21), take hold of the eternal life (1 Tim 6:12), take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of us (Php 3:12).  They are strengthened by the Holy Spirit (Eph 3: 16) to be able to have this great endurance and patience (Col 1:11).  There is at least one thing they are NOT to hold, anything against anyone (Mk 11:25).

After all, we have great examples in holding on, holding out, and holding fast.  God’s love (Ps 136:1) and righteousness (2 Cor 9:9) are forever.  Christ who for the joy set before Him endured the cross (Heb 12:2).  God has set up a kingdom which will endure forever (Dan 2:44).  Our endurance is inspired by hope (1 Th 1:3) and the promise that we will reign with Christ (2 Tim 2:12).  All this can be made easier if we hold onto our brothers and sisters in Christ.

                                                                          –Jim Bailey