It is that time of the year when we will soon lose the north side of our house. In a very few weeks, we will no longer easily be able to look out some of our windows.
Very soon we will no longer be able to get into the side door that goes to our basement. Why? A clingy ivy.
Normally when one thinks of “clingy” it comes across as something that is bad.
Not everyone likes it when ivy is clinging on their house. We just gotten used to it over the years.
And no one likes it when clothes are clingy after they come out of the dryer; or else we wouldn’t use static sheets or fabric softeners when we do the laundry.
And who loves it when children are clingy?
You know the type; they are always aware of where one of their parents is and notices the moment that the parent is not in sight. The child gets emotional because they NEED to be right with them NOW and they become unhappy to the point where they panic as tears fill their eyes because the parent is away.
We see this as a stage that they need to get over and rid of lest they grow into a clingy adult and then…
As much as no one likes a clingy child; even more so NO ONE likes a clingy adult! If it continues into adult relationships, sometimes this will lead to someone filing a restraining order.
And yet, according to the Bible, our Heavenly Father encourages and exhorts us to be clingy children with Him! It is something that is desired and necessary in our relationship with Him!
Deuteronomy 10:20 (NKJV) says;
“You shall fear the Lord your God; you shall serve Him, and to Him you shall hold fast, and take oaths in His name.”
That phrase “hold fast” in Hebrew means “to cling”:
dâbaq “A primitive root; properly to impinge, that is, cling or adhere; figuratively to catch by pursuit: - abide, fast, cleave (fast together), follow close (hard, after), be joined (together), keep (fast), overtake, pursue hard, stick, take.”
We see it again in Deuteronomy 11:22 (NKJV):
“For if you carefully keep all these commandments which I command you to do—to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, and to hold fast to Him…”
The New Living Translation (NLT) translates Deuteronomy 11:22:
“Be careful to obey all these commands I am giving you. Show love to the Lord your God by walking in his ways and holding tightly to him.”
The Living Bible (TLB) translates Deuteronomy 11:22:
“If you carefully obey all the commandments I give you, loving the Lord your God, walking in all his ways, and clinging to him.”
According to Deuteronomy clinging is part of what He requires of us for our success, victory, and growth.
Our Heavenly Father is saying that part of us following Him is obeying His commandments and CLINGING to Him.
How do you cling to Him?
· Spending time each day by praying and worshipping the Father.
· Spending time reading the Bible which is His Word
Our Heavenly Father WANTS His children to CLING to Him! He doesn’t see it as something negative!
He is waiting for you to respond to His mercy and grace that has already been extended to you through Jesus Christ. And you can; today. And it can make all the difference in the world as you look for hope in your present world. Let Him be the Father you cling to!
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