“But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Joshua 22:5
The thing that stood out to me in this verse is “to cleave unto Him.”
1. to adhere closely; stick; cling (usually followed by to ).
2. to remain faithful (usually followed by to ): to cleave to one's principles in spite of persecution.
“To cleave unto Him and to serve Him with all of your heart and with all of your soul.” Love has greater meaning when we sit at the foot of Jesus and contemplate these words in His presence. To cleave…have I cleaved to Him the past few months when I’ve felt that things here are difficult, depressing, and discouraging? Have I looked into His face and with my heart and soul clung to the hope that He will never fail me? Have I seen that these difficulties are His purpose too? Or have I not hoped in God but allowed sorrow and joylessness to pervade my heart?
The scripture says to take “diligent heed” to do His commandments and to love Him and cleave to Him and serve Him with all of our heart and soul. When I look into His face, I see that He is faithful to me, that He wants that love and faithfulness returned to Him. I see that He loves me and desires a love like that of a marriage – commitment, longing to please and serve Him, looking to Him for all things, remaining faithful in my heart and soul; not a wanderer, so that I may know His Love and remain in it.