The things that we expect to hold us together or to keep us going are often the wrong things. They can be a number of things. We sometimes trust medicine, legal or illegal, to mask the problems in our lives. We lean on the wrong people and wrong relationships that keep us tough places. When we are leaning on the wrong things, they keep us from moving forward, and then we are weaker and not helping ourselves.
What do you lean on to hold you together? It is probably the same thing that your parents held on to or something you learned from the people around you who cope by making wrong choices rather than by looking to God. I am not trying to belittle people who lean on wrong things. I am trying to ask us to get honest about the things we trust that let us down.
God has put some people and some things in our lives to keep us going. Men often lean on their jobs for identify and the ability to provide for their family. Women often lean on their friends or relationships. Some of those relationships are good, but God intends for us to lean on Him.
It is the love of God that makes us strong, and that means we are stronger the more we lean on Him. By running from God’s love the weaker we will become. God’s love runs deeper than anything else we can search or reach for. God’s love comforts us when everything else fails. God’s love reminds us of where our strength comes from. God’s love is close to us when we’ve lost our hope, our health, our job or when the person we care for has walked away.
We are held on to by God’s love.
Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.
For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.
Matt Maher’s song “Hold Us Together” is one of my favorite songs, and says much about how love, in particular God’s love, literally holds us together.
It don't have a job, don't pay your bills
Won't buy you a home in Beverly Hills
Won't fix your life in five easy steps
Ain't the law of the land or the government
But it's all you need
And love will hold us together
Make us a shelter to weather the storm
And I'll be my brother's keeper
So the whole world will know that we're not alone
It's waiting for you knocking at your door
In the moment of truth when your heart hits the floor
And you're on your knees
Share that love, the love of God and what He has given you with others. Let love hold you together.
Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.
NOTE: most of this post was shared in May of 1012.