“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him." - 2 Chronicles 16:9 NIV
Do you ever have the feeling that you’re being watched? If Scripture is correct, then we are being watched at all times by our Maker in heaven. It seems we often think of God as looking down upon us strictly as our moral Judge, or that He’s simply looking for us to make mistakes and to keep a record of them on some large heavenly ledger. But Scripture tells us that, for those who are in a covenantal relationship with Him, that He is for us and not against us.
Seeking to Strengthen. God watches over us and gazes down upon us out of His infinite love for us. He is not looking down upon us for the purpose of condemning us but rather He is looking down upon us so that he can strengthen us and give us what we need because He actually wants to help us. For so many people this very notion seems incredulous. Many of us do not experience the strength that He can provide us simply because we either do not ask Him for it or, even worse, we don’t want God’s help at all because we want to try to prove to ourselves we don’t need Him or His help. Utter folly. Sometimes the very strength we need is the very strength only He can provide.
The Heart of the Matter. Notice the precondition set forth in 2 Chron. 16:9 for receiving the empowering strength of the Lord: “hearts fully committed to Yahweh.” At the end of the day this is what God really wants more than anything else. He wants our hearts to be fully devoted to Him. Just like in a marriage relationship, it works best when the hearts of each spouse are fully devoted to the other. In the same way, Yahweh wants our hearts to be fully devoted to Him, for His heart is fully devoted to us. We must bear in mind that in the Old Testament the use of the word “heart” denoted the deepest part of a person’s identity. It was his or her core. In modern parlance, we might refer to this as a person’s “soul.” clearly the Lord knows that if He has our hearts the rest of us will follow in suit. Whenever our allegiance is aligned with Yahweh and His purposes we open ourselves up to strength and blessings we otherwise would not experience. Let us set the eyes of our hearts upon Him and experience the strength only He can provide.
Question for the day:
What’s my current heart condition?