Our Bible verse for today: “Therefore a man leaves his father and mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24 (RSV)
Our thought for today: “Cleave to God.”
The word “cleave” is an old-fashioned word that we seldom hear anymore. It means “bonding together” and is used in Genesis 2:24 to illustrate the relational bonding that describes a godly marriage. A man and woman come together as life-partners, walking through life together, sharing their lives with each other, and doing so until death-do-they-part.
In its purest and best form this cleaving of a man and woman, this bonding of their lives together, is the closest thing we see in human relationships to the agape love of God. It is much deeper than the infatuation of new moonstruck lovers. Instead it’s the deep commitment of two lives joined together in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, in abundance and in scarcity, in good times and in bad.
We’ve all witnessed examples of this, especially in older couples whose marriages have endured for forty, fifty, sixty years, and who, late in life, remain in love and fully committed to one another. They have walked through the fires of life together, never giving up, leaning on and into one another, never drifting apart.
Such human relationships are a picture of God’s never-ending and unconditional love for us. However, since our relationship with God is a spiritual one rather than physical, and since we therefore experience it by faith rather than by sight, it can be subtle and sometimes difficult to visualize. So He points us to the example of the marriage relationship done right, as an earthly picture of a heavenly reality.
God will never leave you nor forsake you. His love for you is unconditional and never-ending. God cleaves to you, are you cleaving to Him?