Sometimes you just have to hold on. Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy paced the surging Eagles past the Redskins at “The Link” (Lincoln Financial Field in South Philly). Nick Foles threw for 298 yards and ran for a touchdown; LeSean McCoy had two TDs rushing as the Philadelphia Eagles snapped a 10-game home losing streak and held on to a 24-16 victory over the Washington Redskins.
The definition of “hold on” is priceless. It means “to fasten from above with no support from below.” To fasten from above: let’s stop right there. First, as believers in the invisible God, but the very tangible Spirit of God, we set our affections on things above. We set our minds on things above. And we seek only that which is above. We look to Jesus, who is seated at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for us. We are “fastened from above.”
Second, the definition says that “there is no support from below.” How spiritual is that? We have no reliable support from earthly things. The only hope we have is in Christ Jesus. “Our hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus blood and righteous. We dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus name. On Christ the solid rock we stand, all other ground is sinking sand; all other ground is sinking sand.”
Sometimes you just have to hold on. Just ask the Apostle Paul. “The soldiers wanted to kill the prisoners to make sure they didn’t swim ashore and escape. But the commanding officer wanted to spare Paul, so he didn’t let them carry out their plan. Then he ordered all who could swim to jump overboard first and make for land. The others held onto planks or debris from the broken ship. So everyone escaped safely to shore.” Acts 27:42-44, New Living Translation.
Paul was as good as dead. At every turn, Paul was attacked, assailed, and accosted by the enemy. If it wasn’t the Jews it was the Judaizers. If it wasn’t the Romans it was a bunch of rabid rebels. The enemy is hell-bent on killing us and has nefarious intentions on destroying us.
And so sometimes you just have to hold on. As for Paul, this time, the storm didn’t kill him, neither did the soldiers. We don’t know how Paul made to shore, but make to shore he did. He may have been one of those who couldn’t swim but had to make his way as best he could with “the others who held onto planks or broken pieces of the ship.” But he held on. And that’s all that counts. It’s not how you win, it’s the fact that you win.
So hold. Help is on the way.