That strange image came into my head as I was meditating on Deuteronomy 30:20:
I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;
that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”
The phrase “cling to him” stood out to me. That’s when I saw a dryer sheet stuck to a piece of clothing.
Unless you pull it off, that dryer sheet will go wherever that piece of clothing goes.
I suddenly thought: “I want to be like that with God!”
Now people might say things like, “You are too needy,” “You are smothering me,” or “I need my space.”
But God will never say those things to you. He especially won’t say: “You are too clingy.”
In the Bible, God gives you several reasons why He wants His people to be “clingy” with Him.
The above scripture gives you a couple of them. You will also learn how to become more clingy later in this article:
1. Your Life and Length of Days is in Him
God desires that His people develop a relationship with Him. He does not desire empty words and robotic religious rituals.
The only way you can come to know God is to open your heart and share your daily life with Him. John 17:3 says, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
You can obtain everything else this world has to offer, but if you miss coming to know God in your daily experience then you miss life itself.
2. Your Inheritance is in Him
In the above scripture, God wanted His people to cling to Him because He was bringing them into the Promised Land and He wanted them to hold on to it!
Claiming the Promised Land was not going to be easy; they would have many enemies to fight to take over that territory. The Lord knew they would have no hope of ultimate victory without His help.
They needed His grace, wisdom, strength, and power to overcome.
We are in that same situation with the challenges we face in life.
No matter what talents, gifts, and assets we have, they are going to pale in comparison when we consider all we have available to us in God!
3. Your Purpose is in Him
In Jeremiah 13:1-11, the Lord tells the prophet to wear a linen sash around his waist. Then, the Lord tells him to remove the sash and bury it by the river Euphrates. A
fter many days, the Lord told Jeremiah to retrieve the sash from the place it was hidden. Jeremiah found the sash ruined and profitable for nothing.
Verses 8-11 records what the Lord said to him:
Thus says the Lord: ‘In this manner I will ruin the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem. This evil people, who refuse to hear My words, who follow the dictates of their hearts, and walk after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be just like this sash which is profitable for nothing. For as the sash clings to the waist of a man, so I have caused the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to cling to Me,’ says the Lord, ‘that they may become My people, for renown, for praise, and for glory; but they would not hear.’
This story shows what can happen to God’s people when we refuse to cling.
The people of Judah refused to do it because of pride and a desire to follow their own counsel, not God’s counsel.
God desires us to be a people who cling to Him for His renown, His praise, and His glory.
What a high honor it is for our Creator to choose us to represent Him in this manner!
So how can we become more clingy people? In the natural, the dryer sheet clings to clothing because it is attracted to it!
In a similar way, when we meditate on the goodness of God, all that He has done for us, and His character, then we become more attracted to Him.
Philippians 4:8 says:
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
Everything related to Jesus fits this description. This is a meditation God gave me a few years ago:
- True: Jesus is the living Word and His word is true.
- Noble: Jesus sacrificed Himself on the cross for my sins.
- Just: Jesus paid for my sin debt, so I am no longer condemned under the law.
- Pure: Jesus lived a sinless life and He is my ultimate role model on how to live right.
- Lovely: I love Jesus because He first loved me.
- Good report: Hallelujah, I have overcome the world through Jesus!
- Virtue: I am being transformed into Jesus’ virtuous image from glory to glory.
- Praiseworthy: I am seated in heavenly places in Christ and He lives in me now and forever.
Today, take some time to meditate on God’s goodness. Don’t fight your desire to get closer to Him.
Get clingy and you will find more life, an inheritance and purpose in Him!
Be blessed in health, healing, and wholeness,
Creator of the ‘Take Back Your Temple’ program
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