Clinging To The Lord Your God

You are to cling to the Lord your God.” – These were Joshua’s parting words to wayward Israel, just before his death. (See 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 himselfand keep close behind me.” (Luke 9:23a – Phillips)


CLINGING conveys the sense of desperation: That there is no other viable option.




Your bank account?


Your reputation?


Your capabilities?


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 trapA whip on your sidesThorns in your eyesuntil you perish from off this good land which the Lord your God has given you.” (Joshua 23:12)


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