“And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever.”
1 Chronicles 28:9
I was doing my devotions this morning and I just had to share this with you. It’s not my writing, but a friend of mine, Deb Wills, from her book, The Simple Side. (If you don’t have a copy yet, now is the time to start our your new year with this amazing insight.)
God is preparing me for the James 4:7 Release the Spiritual Warrior in You seminar scheduled for March 2017. He is speaking to me through so many avenues and I praise Him for each one: the Beth Moore “Loving Well” retreat I went on in September, the Jen Wilkin study on 1 Peter that I am doing with Lakeside Christian ladies, and now, through Deb Wills’ devotions “The Simple Side.” Women, God is calling us to start a prayer ministry of support for our families, our churches, our communities, our country. We have an obligation to let go of ourselves and let God take control. I hope you get as much out of today’s devotion as I did.
Deb writes, “If you read the above scripture, read it again and think about what it is saying. The first time I read it, it did not whack me like it did the second time…’course I can be thick headed.
God is interested in a heart sold out to Him. What is in our hearts? What goals do we have in our hearts…to have – to get – to do – to go? Or is our heart filled with the desire to please someone else? What do we spend our time thinking about? How about our family, our friends, our stuff, our job, our car, or our impression we leave with others? Hey, I am not saying these things are evil, they probably are good things. However, if they are taking the place of God in our heart, if those things are filling our hearts and we have a little corner for our Lord, then we got some major issues to think about.
I will be the first to tell you that my family is IMPORTANT to me. I will guard it with all I have and my last breath; they are precious to me. This morning.as I studies I learned a powerful lesson. My heart needs to be FILLED with God, only God. He loves my family more than me, I’m still trying to swallow that. He cares for my family more than me. He can provide for my family more than me. We need to trust God with our entire heart, all of it. Our jobs, our church, our family, our home, our stuff, our lives…Our only responsibility is to give God our WHOLE heart, not a corner, not one third, not half, not even most of it. ALL OF OUR HEART! And then trust Him. This is where I do the, but God, did you see that, did you know that, did you hear that, did you feel that? The answer, yes He did and He alone can mend, heal, provide, protect, guide, and love…so much better than me.
A heart divided puts our lives in jeopardy. Only God can be totally trusted with our hearts. Only Him! Even better than us. Folks we don’t have a clue what we need, we think we do, we think we might actually know something, but…we don’t. I have messed up so many times; God must surely be thinking, “wow, she is a slow learner.”
I know I have mentioned this before, but I will say it again, (just in case you are a slow learner too). Get up in the morning, set your sights on God, sit down and read His word, talk to Him. Let Him have your day. I promise if we do not do this, the the time the noon hour arrives our hearts have given in to flesh and a train wreck is on the horizon…I know this to be true. Every day is unique, we have no idea what is out there for us. God does. We have no idea where we will be by the end of the day. God does. We have no idea who we will come in contact with. God does. We don’t know much at all folds, we are just traveling through…I think it will be much better to travel with my Lord and give Him my whole heart instead of a piece, so at the end of the day, I might be able to lay my head on my pillow and know in my heart of hearts…He’s Got This!”