You might be familiar with the lyrics above from the old hymn "Rock of Ages". The word "cling" might bring to mind negative things- like static cling issues with the laundry! Or an unhealthy, co-dependent relationship. But in the world of sports, we know that clinging to/hanging on to the ball is critical for victory!! Obviously, a player can't stop the winning run at home if they drop the ball, and there's no touchdown if there is a fumble! So being "clingy" can be a good thing, if we are clinging to the right thing. And it can be life-changing if we are clinging to the Right Person.
We know from Genesis 2:24 that God wants us to "leave and cleave" to our husbands- which is a whole other devotional! Today I want to encourage you in this: We were made to be clingy. With hands that open and close. Babies are grabbing for things from the moment of birth, and as life goes on we are definitely hanging on for dear life at times!! But the question is what are we really clinging to? I have found myself clinging to my plans and my desire to control this crazy life. Or clinging to my husband to fix all my problems (not the right way to "cleave", by the way!) However, we can be clingy wives- if we are clinging to the cross. The amazing thing is that Jesus calls us to cling to Him, and this means letting go of whatever else is in our hands.
So if you are clinging to anything besides Jesus for salvation, and trying to earn His love and approval:
"For it is by grace you have been SAVED through faith, and it is not from yourselves, it is a gift of God, not by works so that no one may boast."- Ephesians 2:8-9
If you are clinging to anything besides Jesus for daily strength and trying to do things on your own:
"It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect." Psalm 18:32
And finally ladies, please know that we all WILL, more often than not, hang on to our ways and our plans and other people in our lives instead of Jesus. I mean this as an encouragement- don't beat yourself up when you do what comes naturally! Let's just ask the Lord for supernatural lives! He has won the victory, and He wants to help us cling to Him! Ask Him to show you what you are hanging on to and to help you let go- He promises to do it. So let's celebrate His love on the cross and His empty tomb this weekend!
"Not the labor of my hands can fulfill Thy law's demands; could my zeal no respite know, could tears forever flow, all could never sin erase,
Thou must save and save by grace...
nothing in my hands I bring, simply to Thy cross I cling."
-"Rock of Ages" Augustus Toplady, 1776.