30th Anniversary 

A Heart For God

“For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.”

(2 Chronicles 16:9a; NASB)

We are in a time when information is readily available about virtually any subject. Anything you want to know can be found by browsing and clicking. For many, searching the web has become a replacement for seeking good counsel. It doesn’t take long, however, to figure out you can easily become more confused by the overwhelming amount of information available. So much of the information turns out to be combinations of facts and opinions that may or may not be true or accurate leaving you with more questions than answers.

For instance, suppose you wanted to know if you should insist on your child taking part in their school’s sports program, at least for a while. You might turn to browsing and clicking and find out that there are pros and cons on both sides of the isle. Some “experts” say yes and some say you should leave it up to the child. If you’re thinking about starting a business and search for advice, you will again find “experts” who disagree, each one thinking they are right. You eventually come to realize that with all the information out there and how easy it is to access, important life decisions cannot be made by listening to so called “expert” opinions. Fortunately, Christians need not be so confused.

Today’s passage is part of a statement God made to Asa, the king of Judah. When Asa first became king, the Ethiopians decided to come against Judah. Asa had 580,00 fighting men with bows, spears and shields. The Ethiopians had one million fighting men, plus 300 chariots. With almost double the fighting men plus the chariots, the Ethiopians clearly had the advantage and would probably annihilate Judah. But Asa went to the Lord and was told to fight. He obeyed, and the Lord defeated the Ethiopians. Many years later Israel’s king Baasha came against Judah. This time, instead of going to the Lord, Asa paid a pagan king to break his treaty with the Israelites and go against them on Judah’s behalf. God rebuked Asa through a prophet that Asa had thrown in prison for delivering the rebuke. The rest of Asa’s life did not go well.

When you go to the Lord for all of your decisions, the right answers become clear. That doesn’t mean researching or check things out is a bad thing. What it means is this: if your heart is for God and His ways, you will always go to Him for the final answer, willing to obey whatever is revealed. He will not confuse or overwhelm you. He will give you clarity. Then because of your obedience He will support you in your decisions.

Have a great week and God bless.

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