Nebuchadnezzar felt that his kingdom was threatened. Loss of unity in the kingdom seemed to threaten all that he had conquered and acquired. In a dream the Lord warned him of imminent loss if he did not yield to the Lord’s true rulership. Being resourceful, however, Nebuchadnezzar devised a plan to consolidate his holdings by uniting the people around a single religion centering around a great golden image of Nebuchadnezzar himself.
How often do we operate with the same mindset? We feel a need. We have a fear. A relationship is slipping away, and we need a friend. We are alone. What do we do? So often we clutch. Our fear of isolation or loss often elicits a desperate clutching response in our relationships.
God wants fulfilling relationships for us, not gained through manipulation or clutching, but through yieldedness to His ways, His plans for our lives, and His Word.
In our relationships are we clutching or yielding?