Tuesday, November 18, 2014

To what do you cling?

Webster defines cling as "to hold onto something or someone very tightly; to stay very close to someone for emotional support and protection". A person could cling to their job or successes to define who they are.  Some of us cling to our family and friends to validate us.  Still others cling to their degrees, successes, wealth, physical attributes, popularity, ministry positions, titles, etc.  We all cling to something or someone.  Who do you cling to?  Out of all the things we could cling to, which things are stable enough to truly rely and count on?  Psalms 63:7-8 says: Because You are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of Your wings, I cling to You, your strong right hand holds me securely.  The Lord is truly the only steadfast and perfectly faithful one that we can cling to.  If our security is based on anything else other than our Heavenly Father, we are sure to be disappointed.  I know this truth in my mind, however sometimes I get off track.  I find myself basing my security on temporary things, instead of eternal things.   I sometimes feel unpeaceful because I am focusing on what I can accomplish instead of focusing on my dependence on Jesus.  Isaiah 26:3 says: You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You.  
Lately, I have been reminded that the only thing I need to cling to is the Lord.  As humans, we can let each other down.  However, God is faithful and is the same yesterday, today and forever.  If you find yourself "clinging" to anything else more than you are to God, I want to encourage you to ask Him to search your heart and reveal any false beliefs.  Maybe deep down, you doubt that God will come through and feel you must take care of yourself.  Maybe because we have been hurt by others, we assume God will hurt us too.  On the other hand, maybe something has happened that has caused you to doubt God's love for you.  Sometimes life is hard and we just don't have all the answers.  It's okay if you are struggling; it's no surprise to God.  I believe God loves us so much that He truly wants us to be honest with Him.  He knows our hearts and He longs for us to surrender our hurts and pain so He can make beauty out of ashes.  Today I want to let go of all I've been clinging to and instead just cling to Jesus; there I can find true peace, love, security, validation, purpose and more.  Then, and only then, I can give it out to others.