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For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. (2 Chronicles 16:9)
We all desire commitment in our relationships and so does God. He wanted his first human creations Adam and Eve to be committed to him, but they fell short of his asking. Even in our lives God desires commitment on our part because he is committed to us totally from the time we acknowledge his sovereignty and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
When the Israelites were defeated by the Philistines in war, they were given this exhortation by the prophet:
And Samuel said to the whole house of Israel, "If you are returning to the LORD with all your hearts, then rid yourselves of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths and commit yourselves to the LORD and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines." (1 Samuel 7:3)
In the above promise we see that God’s eyes range throughout the earth for the purpose of strengthening those whose hearts are fully committed to him. Not only committed at prayer time or in church, not only while we are at home, not only at certain hours of the day; but always. Does seem like a tall order, doesn’t it? Yet, it’s possible, if we rearrange our priorities to please the Savior in all things. Everything matters right from the thoughts of our mind to our words and actions and dealings. It’s a difficult task and we all fall sometimes in one way or the other.
But God knows whether the intents of our hearts are sincere; sincere to bring joy and glory to him. No one else may possibly know the intents of our hearts as a Christian; neither the spouse nor the minister nor anyone else; but God knows all. And if he sees that out hearts are fully committed to him, he will strengthen us at all times.
The Psalmist exhorts us in this manner:
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. (Psalm 37:5, 6)
Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian