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.”
Who we place our trust in reveals not only a right heart but also a:
- 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”?