The dictionary says: To clasp or hold closely; to hold steadfastly, to cherish; to keep, remain or be situated close to; to embrace or be in physical contact; an affectionate clasp or embrace.

Of course you all know where we are going with this right?

Yep! We need to HUG God! All day – every day … giant hugs for God!!

How do we hug someone we can’t see? Refer to Hebrews 11:1. No I’m not doing all the work – stop – get your Bible – look it up!!

Are you back? Good. Now you know – we hug by faith. Even the dictionary did not narrow us to being able to see the one we hug. So many times we make our life in Jesus take on complications. We tack on so many things to do or be or remember … doctrines, theology – so boring and stuffy.

What we really need to remember is to HUG God – the rest will fall into place. Our lives will never be the same once we hug the Lord God Almighty – maker of heaven and earth – the author and perfector of our faith.

We will hug what we truly worship – if it is money then we will hold it closely, we will situate close to it, our affections will belong to it. Plug in anything else we hold dearly and consider … we are hugging idols.

Now for a new day … hug God. Hold Him closely and steadfastly by obeying His Word. Embrace God by recognizing His sovereignty – He is in charge not us. Cherish Him by holding Him as precious in our hearts. Be in physical contact with Him by drawing near and remembering when we love Jesus – God lives in us. Let God be the One who holds our affections. Situate ourselves close to God.

Hugging requires close proximity. We need to feel comfortable in the presence of the one we hug. After a hug its nice to just hang out together.

ROMANS 5: 8 “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

JAMES 4: 8 “Come near to God and He will come near to you …”

The theology of those verses:

God hugged us first … He will hug us back!