Dad pulled the blue bandana from his back pocket, lifted his cap, and wiped the sweat from his brow. He leaned against the gardening hoe and rested for a moment, enjoying the view of row after row of corn, beans, cucumbers, and squash. Several tomato plants flanked the southern tip of his little piece of heaven. He smiled at his labor.
My father worked until the setting sun. He gathered his tools and strolled to the shed to store them for the night. As he pushed open the slatted door, he once again lifted his cap from his head, and this time hung it on the nail just inside the rustic building.
For as long as I could remember, that nail had been there and for as long as I could remember, Dad’s cap hung there as well.
A nail in a sure place.
The Lord is like this — a nail in a sure place, a place we can hang our hat, so to speak. We can depend on Him to be there always. We can trust in His capable hands. His covenant love binds us to Him from everlasting to everlasting.
“The key of the house of David I will lay on His shoulder; So He shall open and no one shall shut; And He shall shut, and no one shall open. I will fasten Him as a nail in a secure place, and He will become a glorious throne to His Father’s house. They will hang on Him all the glory of His Father’s house … ” (Isaiah 22:22-23).
My pastor, Johnny Huffman, reflected on this recently.
In Matthew 22, the Pharisees were challenging Jesus, asking Him which is the greatest commandment in the Law. Jesus responded, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). Johnny said to think of this scripture as a nail in a sure place — a place to hang your hat.
When we love the Lord with all of our heart and soul, and mind — with everything that is within us — we have a nail, a secure hold in God’s Holy Place. When we love Him with all of our heart we dwell richly with Him, sheltered beneath the shadow of His wing. Protected. Provided for. Loved.
He becomes our nail in a sure place — a secure hold in the most Holy Place with the Lord our God.