The universe, so vast, cannot contain
A mighty God who dwells within our souls,
Infused like blood that courses through the vein,
Inscribed like breathing words on sacred scrolls.
Each day a gift, by faith we must sustain,
While knowing not for whom the soft bell tolls.
Hold fast in confidence, in truth contend,
One hope that renders firm until the end.
“Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping.” – 1 Corinthians 16:13 (The Message)
Poetry Type: Ottava Rima
22 responses to “Hold Fast”
Long time, no “see”. 🙂
Love the poem (as always). It puts me in awe when I think of the creator of the universe has chosen you and me in which to dwell. Not as a sleeping giant. Rather, He is patiently waiting for us to accept and live in His perfect gift of grace.
I’ll try not to be such a stranger.
Hello Stranger! It’s great to hear from you. I was thinking of you with the news of the Fort Hood tragedy and what an impact it must have had on your community. We have many in our neighborhood and schools who have a family member working on base as we are just a 40 minute drive south. The incident was such a jolt to us all because it was so close to home. We are continuing to keep everyone in prayer.
What you say is so true. God is not a sleeping giant who just created the universe and walked away. He is actively and intimately involved in the details of our lives. It’s such a mystery to me how the believer’s soul becomes a sanctuary for the Holy Spirit. What a privilege!
I am reminded of 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.”
Thanks for stopping by and hope to “see” you soon!
I particularly like the nice strong ending of this poem. Truly, my hope is to see Jesus face to face one day, and that will requiring holding fast to faith in God and His Word. I’m thankful that He is able to keep those that commit themselves to Him. As always, thank you for sharing your talent.
I appreciate your sweet words and you bring up an important point. God is able to keep us! What a comforting thought! We are imperfect servants just as our heroes in the faith were before us. And that thought leads us to giving thanks….
“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” Jude 1:24-25
Blessings in Jesus name,
There was a time, not too long ago, when I was sure rhyme in poetry was restrictive–that it hindered content. You are convincing me that it is not so. Very strong content here–again. I also appreciate the new format. Easier on the eye.
Thank you for stopping by, Solveig. Certainly rhyme can be restrictive but I enjoy the challenge of looking for that balance between content and structure. I appreciate your feedback on the blog appearance as well. I had used that other background for so long it was time for a change!
Hi Scotti …
Lovely poem. I am glad that you continue to write. Truly “hold fast” is what we must do. Our trials bring us to the place where we cling to the Lord and to Him alone. Praise God!
Thank you so much, Cathy! I was just looking at James 1:2-5 this morning with respect to what God has to say about the trials of life. This is really encouraging:
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”
Praising Him with you,
Once again your poetry is God’s perfect timing for what I needed today. There is so much of day to day life that has me in it’s grip. I need to concentrate more on Him and what His dwelling has in store for me.
Good to hear from you! I heard a pastor say once that when we take our eyes off of Jesus we typically end up ‘navel gazing’! 🙂 What an amazing difference in perspective we have available to us by looking to the author and finisher of our faith who is able to strengthen us and sustains us through our daily lives.
Hi Scotti Your poem is so full of hope and reassurance in our faith and joy in walking with Him.
Thank you, Sylvia. It is encouraging to me to remember that God is faithful and true to His promises even if the circumstances of the my life are bogging me down. Praise God for the assurance and joy found in His Word.
Is it Ok just to say, “WOW!!” : )
I say that each time I read your poems! 🙂
Have a blessed day,
Hi Scotti! Nice poem. Need this today.
I meant..*needed this today.
Have a blessed Christmas season.
oooo i like the rhyme in this verse – and the message it brought
Thank you for the visit. When I wrote this, initially I was thinking about how we never know when our time will come to face death. We not only need to be prepared spiritually but also to live life to the fullest even in the face of adversity.
Have a Merry Christmas!
A very happy new year to you. May 2010 be a year of blessing, renewal, closeness, depth and release in Him. Sylvia
Thank you, Sylvia. Happy New Year to you also! Wouldn’t it be so wonderful to look back on 2010 and say that we are renewed in Him, that we are closer to Him and that we have found new depth and release in Him! Thank you for this blessing. It has become my prayer for 2010! Scotti
I am always blessed by the gift of poetry that He has given you. Thanks for sharing it! It is some rich stuff!