What Holds You Back? To be able to answer the question correctly you must first know what IT is that you are holding back from?
There are things within our lives that we “need” to hold back from in order to protect our lives and the lives of others. Example: When driving a vehicle we must “hold back” from speeding in order to maintain the vehicle correctly. Another example being people who are dieting for various reasons must “hold back” from eating certain foods or too much food in order to reach their goal or to prevent disease and other illnesses. There are many “good” reasons in life for “holding back.”
Then, there is the element of “fear” that sometimes holds us back. This can be a good thing as well as a negative thing in our lives. Hopefully, it is a healthy fear that keeps us from reaching the edge of a tall mountain and not jumping off. But, sometimes people lose a “healthy” fear and the voice of reason no longer “holds” them back from things that might endanger their lives or the lives of others. God forbid.
Then, there is the paralyzing type of “fear” that keeps us from reaching our potential in life…fear of failure, fear of success, fear of rejection, or simply a gripping fear of an unknown future.
So, as we see, there are good and bad things in this life that “hold” us back. Some that protect us and others that keep us from soaring to uncharted heights of achievements.
In the Bible, in the Book of Psalms, King David uses the phrase, “Wait on the Lord” numerous times throughout his prayers. David wants none other than God to instruct him when to move and when to “hold back.” In Psalm 25:21, David writes, “Let integrity and uprightness preserve (hold) me; for I WAIT on thee.
I love that; don’t you? Let integrity and uprightness hold me back from all wrong and let integrity and uprightness show me when to act and react and how to act and react. What a powerful prayer.
Aren’t you glad that we, as believers in Jesus Christ, can possess a moral compass of integrity and uprightness that “holds us back” from committing grave sins against God and others?
Oh, today, that the “CONSTRAINING” hand of God would hold us back from presumptuous sins. What a difference there would be within our lives if we only allowed the “Constraining” hand of God to hold us back…and to WAIT upon the Lord.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our “tongue” could be held back before we spoke a harsh word to someone? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a sensor went off in our head every time we had a bad thought, wrong motive, or was tempted to lie or exaggerate about something?
Actually, we do have a compass and a sensor of integrity and uprightness within our lives that can “hold us back” in times of temptation…First, we have the Word of God (the Bible) to instruct us. Second, as Believers, we have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
So, to correctly answer the question, “What Holds You Back?” Hopefully, we need NOT to search any further than these two sources; the Bible and the Holy Spirit…for in Them we find…integrity and uprightness. Amen.
Today, “What Holds You Back?” I hope it is the constraining Hand of God who holds us back from the evil and wrong that can so easily invade our daily lives and cause us to stumble and fall. If so, our duty and responsibility is to “heed” to the warnings of God and to follow His leadership in all matters; rather than choosing our own ways.
I am so thankful for God who holds me back and teaches me to WAIT upon Him. Today, I hope you and I both are being held back by the “integrity and uprightness” of God (Psalm 25:21). I hope we are ever learning to “wait” on the Lord before we speak or take action in any matter or situation.
If we are being held back by the Power of God through integrity and uprightness…then, like King David, we can say, “Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity; I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not (can not and will not) slide (Psalm 26:1). After all, none of us want to “slide” down the mountain side!! We all wish to stop at the edge…Yet; better than that…let God hold us back from ever reaching the edge!
Oh, that it will always be God and His integrity and uprightness who holds me (and you) back….holds us back from all wrong. Amen.
Remember, God Loves You,
Lin T. Rollins, Author