I’m reading just how often Joshua tells the Israelites to “hold fast” to God. Normally, we hear the admonition to love God with all your heart and soul, but what’s stated before this command in Joshua 22:5 and 23:8 is “hold fast” to Him.
The Hebrew words mean “to cling to” and “pursue closely.”
I think of the toddler who clings to the parent’s leg. I think of a desperate clutching. I think of holding on to rescuing hands as if I’m dangling over the edge of a great abyss–as if my life depends on this clinging.
Because it does.