The Bible seems throughout to have, among others, this continuous note of emphasis - Be strong! Be steadfast! Be unmovable! Go on!
There is a tremendous amount along that line.
And you ask about
this, if from one point of view that is the whole Bible, what does
it imply and what does it signify?
Why should the Bible find it
necessary to keep that emphasis all the way along, to maintain that
note from start to finish?
Well, quite obviously, the whole trend of
things is in the opposite direction, to either turn us back, pull us
back, hold us back, or in some way to keep us from an end.
things are countless which would seek to have that effect upon us,
and they are always present in some form or another, and we shall
never know a time or a position when we are entirely free from that
which would, if it cannot turn us right back, keep us or hold us
There will always be something, and, if we listen to it, if we
take account of it, if we stop to be occupied with it and allow it
to be the thing which affects us most, then we are going to stand
still; we are going to stop, we are going to cease to go on.
simple, but it is sometimes good to let the whole weight of the
Bible come upon you, getting away from its detail and sitting back
and getting its effect.
When you view it in this particular
connection, you see, wherever you look, in the Old or the New
Testament, there is this coming from God:
Go on! Be
purposeful! Be definite! Be positive!
There is everything in this
universe to make you otherwise, and, unless you recognize it, reckon
with it, you are not going to go on!
The Bible is then throughout one long mighty emphasis upon God's
desire that His people should be definite, and we find Him coming
out again and again in the strongest way against indefiniteness.
How long limp ye between the two sides?
Those words were
spoken at a very big hour in a nation's history, showing what God's
mind was about things.
Limping between the two sides. The Authorized
Version has it - "halting between two opinions", but I am
afraid we have rather given the modern English sense to the word
'halt' - standing still between two things.
It also means hopping
from one to another, limping, just crippled by indecision. The Lord
is against that.
If there is any one stronger passage in the Bible
on that matter, it is Rev. 3:15: "Because thou art lukewarm, and
neither hot nor cold, I will spew thee out of my mouth" - God's
desire to have definiteness in His people.
~T. Austin Sparks~