March 28 Joshua 23 8 NKJVWhen you face trials, suffering, illnesses, problems in your marriage or with children, do you turn away from God? Do you blame Him?What about when you are guilty of sin? Does the shame of letting God down make you hide from Him like Adam and Eve did?

Israel’s greatest and most repetitive sin was turning away from God and towards idolatry. God expects us to serve Him alone. We should refuse anything that lures us away from God. In fact, we should cling to Him – hold fast – not ever let Him go. But what does it mean to “cling to God?” In 2 Kings 18:5-6, we find that Hezekiah “trusted in the Lord God of Israel, so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Juda, nor who were before him. For he held fast to the Lord: he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the Lord had commanded Moses.” Clinging to God, means clinging to His commandments, even in a world where they want to toss those commandments out the window and live however they want. Clinging to God means trusting Him – even when you’re not sure of what God is up to and when you can’t see how He is working in your life. Because Hezekiah clung to God, verse 7 tells us that “The Lord was with him; he prospered wherever he went. And he rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him.” Clinging to God isn’t always easy. Sometimes it calls for us to stand up against the norm to do what God says.

So what do you do in the trails, difficult times? What do you do when you’re guilty of sin? What do you do when God calls you to stand up for Him, even when it means standing up against the world? Do you run into His embrace and cling to Him, willing to follow Him no matter the cost? If not, then consider if you are like Israel and creating idols by putting something before God.

God, may we cling to you every moment of every day. May we boldly stand up for you, proclaim your holy name and follow your commands, even in a world that would quickly and easily toss You aside. 

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