Proverbs 4: King James Bible
Hold Fast to Instruction – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter four, Verse 13
13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses
I’d like to immediately point out, that the verse above, and several like it, cause for some people to believe that the Holy Spirit is a female. Either female or at the very least a feminine side of God.
This couldn’t be farther from the truth, as God Almighty is “the Father,” and the Holy Ghost/Spirit is the Spirit of the Living God. He is not a she. King Solomon was using terminology as one would refer to something dear to them.
Captains refer to their ship as “her” or “she.” Some guys refer to their vehicles as the same. Does that make them female? No, it’s being used as an endearing term. What’s so feminine about a growling tire burning muscle car? Not too much in my opinion.
I believe that Solomon is using this term as sentiment instead of gender identity. The Holy Ghost is every bit as a masculine figure as Christ or the Father himself. They are three parts of the same Almighty God.
In the verse above, it points out that instruction is our life. Well what does that mean? Well, when we hear and receive the instruction of the Lord, it is always for our good, not evil.
If we hold fast to the Lord’s instructions, we’ll benefit from it, and be wiser for it. There is no other outcome when you think about it. When I look at this verse, I envision a lifeline.
If you’re dangling from a cliff, and someone throws down a rope, once you grab on to it you’re going to hold tight, because your life depends on it, right? Well, so should we also understand the importance of holding fast to the instruction of the Lord.
Related New Testament Scripture – Hold Fast to Instruction
Acts 18: King James Bible
25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.
Philippians 4: King James Bible
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
2 Timothy 3: King James Bible
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Help us to discern between your instruction, and that which the world would give us through your enemies. Cause for us to hold fast to what you’d rather us adhere to, and forsake that which comes at us from other anti-Christ sources. In the name of the Lord Jesus, the King of Kings.
Using the analogy above, have you ever noticed how much we’re tempted to keep holding on to that proverbial cliff, instead of releasing it to hold fast to instruction (grab the rope)?