I like coming across the word cling when reading scripture. It often plants a picture in my mind of a toddler going through separation anxiety. Thankfully, my son’s bout with this was very mild but I still remember the times I volunteered in the nursery at church and the little ones that had that death grip on their mom or dad’s leg. They were holding on for dear life.
Toddlers tend to do this out of fear. All they know is mom and dad. They depend on their parent for security and safety.
I was thinking about my relationship with Christ. I think that over the years I’ve learned the benefits of clinging to Him. But my motivation for doing so is a little different than a toddler’s motivation. I need to cling to Him. The fear I have now is not an unreasonable fear but a healthy fear that stems from experience. Every time I’ve chosen not to cling to Him and cling to something else, I’ve paid the consequences. The choice to cling to Him has always brought me security and safety no matter what I might be going through.
So, what are you choosing to cling to today? Is your motivation fear or faith?
Here are a few cling verses I’ve been looking at:
“Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them. (Jonah 2:8)
I hate those who cling to worthless idols; as for me, I trust in the LORD. (Psalm 31:6)
Why then have these people turned away? Why does Jerusalem always turn away? They cling to deceit; they refuse to return. (Jeremiah 8:5)
Serve only the Lord your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him (Deut 13:4 NLT)
I cling to you; your right hand upholds me. (Psalm 63:8 NIV)
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. (Romans 12:8)