"Walking in the way and the love of the Lord"
2 Chronicles 16:9a
9 “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is completely His.
In life it is easy to plod our way along and forget the truth that God is intimately involved in His creation. When teaching the multitudes, Jesus observed the anxiety of people and pointed to the sparrow as an illustration. “Consider the sparrows,” Jesus said. “They don’t sow, reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them.” He then reminded the people that God cares more for them than for the sparrow.
Problems are part of life. Storms come to every person. Yet when we see the hand of God working in our lives, storms lose their punch and anxieties lose their grip on our hearts. But there is one key to experiencing God’s power – our heart needs to be completely His. In the book of James we are told that a double-minded person is unstable in all their ways and can expect nothing from the Lord. A double-minded person is someone tossed back and forth by the cares of this life. They follow God, but then something turns their hearts back and they follow their own ways. They can never see God’s hand because they are not willing to stand firm long enough to see God work through any situation. Each time we take the reins from God, we steer away from where God is going. So how can we ever expect to receive what God is giving?
In Hebrews 10:38, the Lord says, “Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” All of these things agree together. When you and I look at life, we are not facing our circumstances; we are standing on the path of God. The path leads to where God is taking us and the promises stored up for us. These promises are the things God earnestly desires to give us. The greater of these promises is the personal character being created within us that has eternal significance. And eternal merit.
Through faith we boldly step into the unknown, not because we are confident in our own strength, but rather, we are confident in the Lord. He leads us through each situation with the purpose of showing His power, shaping our character, and shaking loose the things in our lives that prevent us from running with endurance. Those who turn back miss the pleasure of God – and the goodness He will reveal to us and in us. Consider this wonderful passage in Psalm 33:13-15
13 The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men.
14 From the place of His dwelling He looks On all the inhabitants of the earth;
15 He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.
Of course, this is the Old Testament times, but how much more true is this today. In the ancient world before Christ came, God worked in the lives of His people without the intimacy of close fellowship. Now that Christ has purified us, we are called the temple of the Holy Spirit. Beyond the cross, we have something the saints of old did not have. Now God’s dwelling place is within the hearts of His people. Therefore, how much more true is the promise that God fashions our hearts individually.
God is intimately involved in your life, shaping your character, and considering all your works. When the people asked Jesus to tell them how to do the works of God, He said, “This is the work of God, that you believe upon Christ.” This is the works God considers in your life. Do you believe on Him and walk by faith? Will you go where He is leading? Will you let go of the things God is removing so nothing can hinder you from receiving all God has in store for you?
This is the loyal heart – the heart that is completely His. The heart that does not turn back, but yields completely to the will and leading of God will find the secret counsel of God (Psalm 25:14). Then you will see God show Himself strong on your behalf. What a promise! The power of God doesn’t rest on the talented, wealthy, and respected personality. God’s power rests on the heart that is fully surrendered to Him. This means anyone can experience God’s best and His fullness of joy. But we can’t have His best without first letting go of our lives. God is drawing your heart. Let go and trust where He leads, and find the individual work God has planned for your life. Then you’ll have no regrets.
Written by Eddie Snipes
Today’s Scripture “David was greatly distressed, for the men spoke of stoning him...But David encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” (1 Samuel 30:6, AMP)
It’s good to have friends and family around to cheer you up when you’re down, but in order to truly live in victory, that encouragement has to come from the inside. When your mind is telling you it’s not worth it, when your circumstances seem difficult, deep down inside, your spirit has to have the resolve that says, “I refuse to settle where I am.” That’s what David had to do. He was facing a major setback. His family was killed, his city was destroyed, and his own people were now against him, but he still managed to encourage himself in the Lord. How did he do that? He replayed in his mind the victories from the past. He recounted God’s faithfulness. As he rehearsed over and over the goodness of God, strength began to rise in his heart.
There are so many places you can see the hand of God at work. Thank Him for saving you today. Thank Him for the miracle of life. Thank Him for His faithfulness. Focus on the fact that God didn’t bring you this far to leave you now. Stir up that inner strength and encouragement. As you do, you’ll rise higher and higher and live the life of victory the Lord prepared for you.
A Prayer for Today
“Father in heaven, thank You for Your faithfulness today. I choose to focus on You and the good things You have prepared for my future. I thank You for making a way out of no way, and I will bless You always in Jesus name. Amen.”
Prayerful Path/Mary Maddox
Saint James, pray for us that we may be willing to leave everything to follow Jesus as you did. Help us to become special friends of Jesus as you were. Amen