Seven Days To “From Me to We” Bible Plan

Devotional

 Title: Clinging for Life

Bible Reference(s): Genesis 2:24-25 – “For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.” 

Deuteronomy 13:4 – “You shall follow the LORD your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.” 

Devotional Content

In Hebrew, to be joined to or cleave in Genesis 2:24 is the word dabaq which means “to cling to” or “to stick to” or “to stay close to.” The word dabaq is also used in Deuteronomy 13:4, “You shall follow the Lord your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.” 

God uses the same Hebrew word in marriage—instructing us to cling to our husband—that he uses when instructing us to follow and “stick” to our Lord. 

In no other human relationship does God instruct us to dabaq or cling. Stuck like glue comes to mind. After we say “I do,” we’re stuck like glue. What feelings and emotions does the idea of being stuck like glue bring up for you? 

As women, we yearn for security, safety, and faithfulness. God provides this security for us when we follow his command to cling to our spouse. Not our friends, not our mom, not our daddy, we cling to our husband. Extended relationships are good and a healthy part of overall emotional wellbeing, but clinging needs only happen with our spouse. 

Clinging constitutes a team of two. A dynamic duo. This means if your spouse has a problem or struggle, your marriage has a struggle. You can’t point a finger; it falls on both of you. It’s not YOU have challenge. It’s WE have a challenge. In marriage, all problems are a WE problem, not a YOU problem. In Ecclesiastes 4:12 it says, “And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.”

We first cling to God…and then, to our spouse, and our powerful and holy strand of three will not be “quickly torn apart.” A united, cemented fortress of a strong marriage will prove to be a powerful tool for God. One he will use in mighty ways. 

Will you allow God to use your marriage? 

So what? Focus on putting your husband first in all things and look for ways to display this priority by considering him in all decisions.

Dear God, embed in my heart that I am exemplifying Your glory when I change my mindset to thinking in terms of “three strands,” and in a WE fashion. Give me insight and help me see the opportunities to put my husband first in my day to day.