Revelation 3 v 10 says “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”
It strikes me that all too often I fall into the trap of thinking that my company owes me a living. Actually, I should remember that it is they who give me the ability to earn a living and I do have a part ot play.
So it is with Gad and his relaionship with me.
The word translated “kept” or “keep,” used twice, plays into this. This word means “to attend to carefully; to maintain; to guard; to hold fast,” and the way that it is used indicates a two way street. We certainly want God to guard, hold fast, and carefully attend to us. We would prefer that He guard us and hold us fast far away from the destruction and torment that will come upon the world. But the flipside is that He wants us to do the same thing—keep, guard, hold fast—with regard to our responsibilities to the covenant and our walk with Him.
So I wonder if we need to stop and think about what it is I am doing to “cling to the Lord your God” every day. Do I die to self daily or do I promote myself daily.
Being someone at work can so easily land me in to the latter where as God wants me to walk in the former and live with Him as the pre-emenance.
We press on…..