... a weekly letter of encouragement.
December 19, 1994
"YOU ARE TO CLING TO THE LORD YOUR GOD" - These were Joshua's parting words to wayward Israel, just before his death. (Joshua 23:8)
" To hold fast to something, as by grasping, sticking, embracing, or winding around".
- As a wet raincoat would CLING to your back.
- As a person on the verge of death would CLING to life.
"To remain attached in thought or practice".
"To follow close after, pursue hard; to resist separation".
Jesus put it this way: "If anyone wants to follow in my footsteps, he must give up all right to himself... and keep close behind me." (Luke 9:23a - Phillips)
CLINGING conveys the sense of desperation: That there is no other viable option.
QUESTION: ARE YOU CLINGING TO CHRIST? Or to:
Your bank account?
SELF SUFFICIENCY is the ARROGANT ASSUMPTION that I can go it alone...without God.
CLINGING is the HUMBLE ACKNOWLEDGMENT that I must be intimately connected to God for life to make sense and to be worth living.
In Joshua's admonition to CLING to God he gives this warning:
"...If you ever go back and CLING to the rest of these nations (i.e. the world and its values)...(they) shall be to you as:
A snare and a trap...A whip on your sides...Thorns in your eyes...until you perish from off this good land which the Lord your God has given you." (Joshua 23:12)
QUESTION: Are you CLINGING to Christ? OR DO YOU HAVE IT SO TOGETHER THAT YOU CAN GO IT ALONE? IF SO, ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE OF INDEPENDENCE?
Have a great week!
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