Scripture tells us that a house divided cannot stand. A divided heart cannot either. Wholehearted devotion is the only true devotion. We find what we seek, and seeking is an active, diligent endeavor requiring our attention, persistence, and commitment. Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Over the course of time, we learn and we grow. We grow based on what we take in. We know that some foods are good for the body while others, though allowing us to gain weight and increase in height, will not yield good health. The same way, our hearts and minds may expand as we fill them, but only that which is good will cultivate wisdom and righteousness.
I’ve been thinking how God indeed requires that we give Him our best. Our best, is our lives, the very gift He has given to us He requires that we give back to Him to enter into that perfect union as His children. We surrender our lives to His Lordship and commit to walk in the Spirit and not the flesh when we come to Him asking that He save us from our sins. That indeed is what we are saved from according to His Word.
I keep thinking how over the course of time He has worked on me, changed me, grown me, but not without my participation. I have failed Him greatly more times than I can count, but I have yielded again and again and learned the cost of error and the anguish of hurting His heart. There is no love that compares to His great, redeeming love. Repentance is turning from our sin and truly regretting it, shunning it, and leaving it behind. How thankful I am that provision was made by Him for repentance, forgiveness, cleansing, and renewing of the mind and purifying of the heart.
The abundance of His provision is beyond what our minds can fully comprehend. I have opportunity sometimes to glimpse something I haven’t seen before as I’m nurturing my son through the early years of his life. Recently he was sharing with me that he sometimes has troubling thoughts come unbidden into his little mind and it upsets him. He says, “they are not true and I don’t mean them!” He was very upset and I said, “Oh honey, don’t let that upset you anymore! Jesus already knows what you intend to think and what you don’t intend and He doesn’t hold you accountable for anything that you don’t invite and that you don’t welcome into your mind. He has already taken care of all of that for you! Think no more of it, just let those thoughts go right on through, take a deep breath and say, Lord thank you for loving me and taking care of me!”
He asked a few questions and thought about what I had said for a little bit and then he asked, “Mama, will we ever get to see the Lord?” I said, “Oh yes, Some day, He will come for us and we will get to be with HIm forever!” Noah pondered over that some more and then said, “Mama, I really want to give Him something He can keep forever, something from me, that can I give to Him?” His little chin quivered and tears puddled in his young eyes as he looked to me, questioning. I said, “He already owns everything sweetheart, but the gift He wants from you, you are already giving to Him. He wants your love and your heart and the very fact that you want to give Him something, the best that you have, that is the gift He wants from you.” He smiled and sighed, reached up with his little arms, wrapped them around my neck, and laid his precious head on my shoulder, just resting there, taking in one of the greatest, most profound truths known to man. God of all the earth simply wants our love, our devotion, our best. I held him there while he rested and I thought…how meaningful to have these moments, to share the truth of grace, of mercy, of an all-powerful, all encompassing love with a child.
Nothing has ever been more precious to me than having moments to share the truth of grace and how could I share it had I not known it for myself. What hope is there without the perfect plan of salvation and the merciful will of God? I can honestly say, I’ve walked with the Lord. Not because I deserved to have Him near, but because He is gracious and loving, full of tender-mercies and ever mindful of those who long for Him. There could be no one less deserving or more grateful for the blessings of grace than me and I long for others to know Him as Savior and Lord. What peace there is in His presence. How awesome is His help in times of trouble! He is truly the Good Shepard, the ever present help in time of need. May all who seek Him find Him precious to their longing souls.