Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
What does “to hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering” actually mean?
In short, to hang in there no matter what. It is one thing to go all-in into something, it’s quite another to hang in there. It is almost always easy and effortless to start a journey but usually challenging and gruelling to complete it. That is where holding fast to the hope of one’s calling comes in, hanging in there until the finishing line.
The Bible tells us that Abraham, the father of faith, hoped against hope in the journey of faith he’d embarked on. Romans 4:18
In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.”
Not only did he have to contend with the absence of hope but the very real and active presence of despair and discouragement also. Not only could he not find anything to hope in but everything he saw and knew screamed despair and discouragement at him.
But what made him “hang in” there, kept his hope up was the word, the promise that he’d been given. It was quite literally God’s word against Abraham’s world. Abraham chose wisely setting us the example that God is not only pleased with but richly rewards those who hold on to the hope of their calling without wavering believing that He who promised is unfailingly faithful.
2 Timothy 2:13
if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.
Our faith is not without its challenges. Certainly not. But it is neither without its rewards for those who hang in there to the bitter end.
It is not only going all in that matters but hanging in there to the finish line too. And in order to do so, we need to routinely access God’s grace – both individually and corporately – and keep encouraging one another to do so for whatever it is God has called us to.