Gluing Yourself to God Requires Genuine Love

by Wayne Barber

BIBLICAL FAITH CLINGS TO GOD AND HIS WORD!!!!! It's so incredible to me how many people say that they walk by faith and have no clue what that means. In Joshua 23:8, Joshua says: "But you are to cling to the Lord your God, as you have done to this day." The word "cling" is dawbak in the Hebrew. It means to glue yourself; to stick close to; to cleave to! Glue yourself to God and to His Word!

Verses 6 and 7 show God's Word is included in this "clinging": "Be very firm, then, to keep and do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses." In fact, you can't cling to God without clinging to His Word. The phrase rendered "be very firm" means to prevail against something; to stand strong in the face of something! Why? "So that you may not turn aside from it to the right hand or to the left...so that you will not associate with these nations, these which remain among you, or mention the name of their gods, or make anyone swear by them, or serve them, or bow down to them."

We are to be in the world but not of it. A boat in the water is by design but water in the boat is disaster. You see, our flesh gravitates towards the world and all it offers-its ways; its wisdom; its works. We must "be very firm" against the temptation to do things the world's way. This temptation lurks on every side of us every day! The attitude of faith is to cling to God and to His Word! The consequence of not doing that is to fall into the trap of idolatry-which is man-made religion. It is based on man's wisdom and it is meant to please man. Idolatry can take a thousand forms. It lurks on all sides and stands against us as we seek to walk clinging to God and to His Word. To put our faith in man and his wisdom makes no sense at all.

But clinging to God and to His Word is birthed from a deep love for God and His Word-then and now. Joshua 23:11 admonishes: "So take diligent heed to yourselves to love the Lord your God." One application of the word "love" in the Old Testament describes the desire lovers have to be with each other.

When true faith is present, it will be evident in the one who loves God, desires to be in His presence, and hungers for His Word. And why wouldn't we love our God? It doesn't take long to love God when you have trusted Him and seen His faithfulness in your life. We need to remind ourselves, and each other, what God has done for us, as Joshua reminded his people what God had done for them (see vv. 9-10). "So take diligent heed to yourselves to love the Lord your God [Elohim]" (vv. 10-11).

The word "Elohim" in verse 11 is very significant! It is the plural form of the word "God"-God the Father, the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. One God, in three persons. There is no other God! Our God Jehovah, Elohim, is to be worshiped, trusted, and served! This was Joshua's point!

If we in any way turn to man and his wisdom we have committed idolatry. Sin is idolatry. Flesh is idolatry. Doing things our way is idolatry. We are only to trust God! So, the attitude of faith is love for God! And a deep desire to be in His presence. That attitude effects our clinging to Him and to His Word.

How are you doing in your walk with God? Do you cling to Him and to His Word? To what or whom are you glued?

Wayne Barber is senior pastor of Hoffmantown Church

in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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