It has been a particularly long and difficult week. Not only was it my daughter’s birthday, so party plans officially took over my life, but I also managed to injure my right arm on the morning of the party. Taking care of two toddlers with only one strong arm has been a challenge, to say the least! I’ve been fortunate enough to have an amazing husband who stepped in to help with some of the housework I could no longer do; but even with the help, my week has been quite chaotic.
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I was reading in Deuteronomy this past week and came across the following scripture:
You shall follow the Lord your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him. – Deuteronomy 13:4
The phrase “cling to him” has been in my head since reading this passage. As crazy as my week has been, I needed to be reminded that God is my rock. He is unable to be moved, which makes Him the absolute best thing to cling to when life gets shaky. I began to think about all of the things we cling to in this life.
Everything in this life can and will be shaken, so clinging to anything other than God during difficult times is dangerous business!
We all cling to something. In both good times and bad, we have people and things that we rely on for strength and support. Don’t get me wrong. God certainly gave us family and friends to help support and encourage us through life. I don’t know what I would have done this week without my amazing husband and family, and the encouraging words and prayers from my Bible study ladies have been a huge blessing in my life!
In the end, however, I need to remember to cling to God first and foremost. As much as my friends and family want to help me, they don’t hold the universe in the palm of their hands. God alone is in control.
When things get tough, it’s easy for us to see the need to cling to God for strength; but what about the good times? I don’t believe the passage in Deuteronomy is telling us to cling to God only in the bad times. We are called to cling to Him during the good times as well.
Just as we cling to others for support when we need help, I believe it is our natural tendency to lean upon our own strength when things are going well.
When things are peachy keen, it’s so easy to rely on our own strength. Oddly enough, leaning on God during hard times can often be easier than leaning on Him during good times.
In the Deuteronomy passage, we are told to fear God alone, obey His commands, listen to His voice, and to cling to Him. The word “cling” was translated from the Hebrew word “dabaq.” The same Hebrew word is also used in Genesis 2:24 to describe how Adam and Eve were united as one flesh. One of the definitions given by the Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon defined this word the following way:
TO CLEAVE, TO ADHERE, specially firmly, as if with glue, TO BE GLUED
I love the phrase “to be glued.” What an amazing picture of how we ought to cling to our heavenly Father! We are called to literally adhere ourselves to Him as we walk through this life. Can you imagine how different our lives with be if we lived this way every day?
How would our lives look if we clung to Him and listened to His voice in every season of our lives?
Are you willing to be glued to Christ and find out?
*Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.