As a loincloth clings to a man’s waist, so I created Judah and Israel to cling to me, says the Lord. They were to be my people, my pride, my glory—an honor to my name. But they would not listen to me. Jeremiah 13:11
As an obstetrician I would give the newborn infant to the mother immediately after the birth. The baby would instinctively put his arms out as mother reached out to take ahold of him. The mom would hold her infant and look into his eyes and caress his cheeks. She would then put her baby to her breast as he would cling to her. This act of bonding illustrates how God created us to love and be loved.
You see, God is a lover. He created us to love. He created us to cling to Him as He holds us tightly with loving arms. When we do not cling to Him, there is a God-sized hole in your heart and a “you”-sized hole in God’s heart. When I read Jeremiah, I can feel God’s deep sorrow as His beloved people in Judah and Israel were no longer clinging to Him. He describes them as greedy and seeking only the desires of their own hearts. They had stopped clinging to Him to pursue other lovers. I can hear God’s anguished cry as they went further and further away from Him until they couldn’t even hear His voice any longer.
I can relate to this picture. When things don’t go my way, I can get discouraged. This is when I am tempted to stop clinging to God. And there are times I pursue other avenues of relief from whatever pain I’m having, whether it be mental, physical, social, or spiritual. But I have never found peace down any other avenue of life. There is no one, no possession, no thought, no promised cure, no diet, no medicine, and no desire that can give me the peace that passes all understanding like clinging to God and feeling His embrace. No wonder I feel alone every time I leave God’s embrace!
It’s a simple message. But it’s a life saving, life fulfilling message. Cling to God! Whatever that looks like for you, cling to God. For me it looks like reading His Word every morning, listening to His voice as I journal the thoughts HE gives me, listening to praise music, observing His creation, and seeking fellowship with others who are clinging to Him. We all cling to Him differently. But cling we must do if we are to hear His voice, know His will, and find peace in His arms.