2 Chronicles 16:9
9 The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war.”
As we saw in Part I of a heart fully committed to trust Him who we seek and who our hearts are committed to reveals our real heart relationships. We focused on several questions like “How is your heart in relationships?” because it is good for us to take time to reflect. Often in scripture God asks us questions and in those moments we need to take time to be still in quiet internal reflection. Friedrich Hegel said “The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history” The reason this is so true in our culture is that we put all our effort into forward motion and consequently there is little time for true reflection. We are so busy trying to get somewhere that there is no time to reflect on where we have been. It is important to move forward but not at the expense and ignorance of God’s past teaching. Who we place our trust in impacts several areas of our lives that are all woven together through trusting. Who we place our trust in reveals:
• RIGHT HEART
Right relationships start with a right heart. God is looking for our total trust and obedience He is looking for people with a right heart attitude. We need a heart that sees the reality of who God is and what He is able to do for those that love Him. He longs to give us the victory over everything that comes against us in this life, 2 Chronicles 16:8 says “Were the Ethiopians and the Lubim not a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because you relied on the Lord, He delivered them into your hand.”
Huge problems and seemingly insurmountable things can come against us but we can still have the victory if we will keep our heart right and be fully committed and fully loyal to Him. It is not the size of the enemy that comes against us that is the problem it is who or what we are putting our trust in. I’ve found in my own life that if my walk with God is not carefully maintained there is that subtle drift to hollowness. It doesn’t take very long before Christianity becomes a heartless habit, often moving me into some form of hypocrisy. Our walk with God is, above and beyond everything else, an inside-out reality. God begins to work in our lives on an internal heart level and He is not impressed with just the externals.
- REBELLIOUS HEART
The Lord is searching to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him, in other words those whose hearts are COMPLETELY His. Who does your heart belong to? Asa had a divided heart, he was not fully committed to the Lord and we need to understand that this is a heart of rebellion. Asa did not want to listen to the Word of God through Hanani the prophet, when confronted by the prophet Asa threw him in prison. Our actions often reveal the true condition of our hearts, because our behavior is a true reflection of what we believe. The Lord is searching for people that He may powerfully strengthen through every circumstance, trial and difficulty. The Lord knows those who need His strength, grace and power demonstrated on their behalf. He sees every hurt, every trial, the hardships and circumstances that we face and He desires to strengthen our weary hearts and weakened faith. God will strengthen those who acknowledge Him as Lord and God and trust Him by follow Him faithfully, trust is a heart issue. Through our circumstances the Lord wants to show His mighty power and faithfulness, He searches and sees the heart that cries out to Him and those who acknowledge their need of Him. A rebellious heart does not request help but rejects what it really needs. What and who are you receiving and rejecting? The scriptures are filled with those that God powerfully strengthened and helped because their hearts were committed:
Moses when he was afraid to go to Egypt and face Pharaoh, the Lord promised “I will be with you”. The Lord demonstrated His might and faithfulness to Moses and Israel and He alone delivered them out of Egypt through the parting of the Sea.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego the three Hebrews refused to bow down to the golden idol of Nebuchadnezzar, they remained true to worship the One True God. As a result they were thrown into the furnace of fire but they refused to compromise in the face of death. The Lord intervened and protected them with His presence, they were delivered out of the fire alive and unburned.
Daniel also refused to compromise the law of Almighty God for the law of a human king. When he chose to pray to and worship God alone he was cast into a den of lions. The Lord sent His angel to shut the mouths of the lions and kept Daniel from harm.
Peter in Acts 12 was imprisoned for preaching about Jesus, under heavy guard an angel of the Lord came and released him and set him free to continue his preaching.
When we turn to God and commit our whole hearts to Him we find ourselves trusting in Him alone and we experience what He alone can do. We experience the powerful arm of deliverance that parts the circumstances of our life. We experience the preserving presence of the water of the word that quenches the burning flames of our circumstances. We experience His powerful hand that holds the jaws of our deadly circumstances closed. We experience His light that breaks the chains of darkness and sets us free to praise and preach about His name. These examples should increase our faith in the faithfulness and power of God. Whatever situation we may face the Lord desires to “strongly support” us, to strengthen our weak hearts. It is in the heart that a person believes Him and it is in the heart that a person denies Him. Are you weak and weary is it time to trust in His Strength? To trust in the promise of His Word, Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”?