What do you hold fast to in life? This is an important question because it determines the purpose and direction of your existence. It points to where your toil and your time will be spent the most. Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21. What you treasure is what you hold fast to. That is where your heart is. When God and His kingdom are your treasures, that is where your heart will be. When you live for God, God requires that “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” – Matthew 22:37. Loving God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind means that you cling to Him alone. You cling to Him with all your being. There is nothing and no one that should take the place of God in your life. He is the focus. He is the treasure that you desire and guard the most. You do not give Him lipservice but you give the best. You hold fast to Him because He holds your heart.
God calls His people to cling to Him. To cling means to “hold fast”, “hold tightly”, or “to bond or cleave”. It presents the idea of being tightly held together. When Israel disobeyed God and turned to worship worthless idols, God instructed them, “For as the loincloth clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, declares the LORD, that they might be for me a people, a name, a praise, and a glory, but they would not listen.” – Jeremiah 13:11. As with Israel, so it is with every follower of God today. When you follow the Lord Jesus Christ, you have to cling to Him. You have to be bonded together to Him. You have to hold fast to Jesus. Following the Lord is not a mere outward showing of religiosity or devotion but should come from the heart. You cannot cling to God if your heart is far from Him. Learn from Israel’s mistake. God called them “This evil people, who refuse to hear my words, who stubbornly follow their own heart and have gone after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be like this loincloth, which is good for nothing.” – Jeremiah 13:10. They are evil because they have forsaken God and have clung to other gods. So they did not listen to God’s instruction to them. They did not obey the voice of God. Such was their evil way. What they did was the exact opposite of clinging! They refused to cleave to God and they abandoned their love for God. As a follower of God, you should be clinging to God as if your life depends on Him because it does. You should remain and choose to cling to God no matter what the situation is. Cling to God and hold tightly by willful obedience. You should cling to God because doing so would make you a praise and a glory to God! That is the very purpose of living for God—- to live for His glory!