“But you are to cling to the LORD your God, as you have done to this day. Joshua 23:8
While Joshua was nearing the end of his life, he had some valuable words to give to the Israelites, “Cling to God”! What was Joshua talking about here? The Israelites were in the process of claiming their “Promised Land” During this process they were to drive out the pagan nations living there.
What Joshua was telling them is, if you don’t keep your eyes focused on Yahweh, you will fall away to worshipping other gods and practices. This is exactly what happened to most Israelites, after Joshua passed away, most Israelites became complacent in their faith.
Instead of driving out the pagan nations, most Israelites just started merging with them. This became disastrous to Israel. As most forgot about their true God and started worshipping false gods and idols
“So take diligent heed to yourselves to love the LORD your God. Joshua 23:11
Another translations of this is to “Watch yourself carefully”. It means keep your eyes focused on Christ! How many of us nonchalantly just fall away from our faith when we are not “clinging” or “heeding” ourselves to Christ? It’s a commitment, we must stay committed to our God or we will eventually fade away
And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ Matthew 22:37
Jesus said to Love God with all your Heart, Soul, and Mind! This is also known as the Shema in Hebrew. Cling to The Lord! Abide in Christ in everything you do! When we lose our focus on Christ we become lost! Cling to Jesus! Amen!