"'As a belt clings to a person'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--NLT)
As never before, the nations of the world are searching for something or someone to cling to. Yet so many in the world give cause for the Divine lament, "But they would not listen to me." What about you? Are you listening? Never tire of asking yourself, "To whom or to what will I cling today? One thing I can tell you; the revelation of my life, "as a belt clings to a person's waist...."-- a life clinging, hanging on, wrapped around Jesus Christ and His Words, has been energizing my day.
"As a belt clings to a person's waist, so I created [humanity] to cling to me, says the LORD"---- When we lost our first born son, Stephen, I was absolutely helpless. I had nothing to cling to, save Jesus Christ and His Words. I was a "belt" desperately clinging to His Waist. Ideas, philosophy, religious talk, catch phrases did not save me; Jesus saved me------------and still saves me. I was clinging to Jesus then and cling to Him today, not because I have been a particularly religious person, but because at an early age I came to love Him, and, as time would reveal, just how much a desperately lost, helpless sinner I am.
39 years ago next month, I came to the end of myself and a "new beginning" in Jesus Christ. To my Maker I became more than ever before, "as a belt clings to a person's waist." I have found only in Jesus Christ and His Words, my life, my hope, my everything. I pray you find the same.
Father, in Jesus' Name, I ask that You help me to live in my created clinging purpose, that You can always say of me, "My pride, My glory--- an honor to My Name." Amen.
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