“For he clung to the LORD; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the LORD had commanded Moses.” 2 Kings 18:6, NASB
When I read the word ‘clung,’ I picture a small boy peeking out from his mother’s skirt or a tiny girl hanging on to her father’s hand. Like the fragile balance between two extremities, it expresses a sense of desperation—an understanding that letting go will result in some sort of danger.
King Hezekiah totally grasped this point. He wasn’t a young child, but He was God’s child. Hezekiah realized his safety, his provision, and his prosperity all rested in his heavenly Father’s hands. “And the LORD was with him; wherever he went he prospered” (2 Kings 18:7).
Isn’t this the very truth we need to teach our daughters and the young women we influence? Well, all of our children for that matter. Instead, we sometimes lose focus and prioritize temporary matters such as education, appearance, and life skills. While all of those aspects maintain importance, none of them last for eternity. None of them provide heart-level stability through the ups and downs of life.
Only God can hold us steady as we encounter the peaks and valleys.
What are we emphasizing to those whom we influence? Do they hear rhetoric about succeeding in this life more than the importance of relationship with God?
How are we living in the midst of trials? Do others witness our deep trust in Almighty God and the inevitable peace that shines through?
I love King Hezekiah’s example of clinging to God. This powerful king of Judah implicitly “trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel” (2 Kings 18:5). I believe it was the secret of his strength.
Clinging to God isn’t weakness—it’s the ultimate source of strength.
And get this: Even more meaningful than us clinging to God is the truth that He. Clings. To us!
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10:27-30 (emphasis mine)
“Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,’ so that we confidently say, ‘THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT SHALL MAN DO TO ME?'” Hebrews 13:5-6
Friend, let’s gain new inspiration to teach our daughters and young women the necessity of clinging to God. And let’s do it ourselves, knowing He holds onto us with an unbreakable grip. He loves us so.