Are you searching or looking for strength? Well, God is looking for people who desire the kind of strength that only he can give, but there’s a catch. He’s looking to strengthen those who’s hearts are really committed to him.
“The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9
In the few verses before this, we are told that if we put our trust in people instead of God, that we will not have the full favor of God. King Asa put his trust in the king of Aram instead of God and so he missed the chance to destroy his opposing army. But, in an earlier time, when Asa relied on the Lord, God handed over the vast armies of Ethiopia and Libya to him and they were defeated. We see that, in the later case, God strengthened Asa because his “heart” was fully turned to God.
When times get really difficult and we need extra strength, God wants to come to our aid…. and he will if our heart is committed to him. When our hearts are turned to other “idols” then we forfeit the favor that could be ours if we had turned to God. (See Jonah 2:8)
God wants to reward you with the strength you need for your life circumstance, and he promises that he will, if your heart is fully committed to him.
Questions to Reflect On:
Has your heart and mind been turned to other sources of strength instead of towards God? If so, confess this to him, tell him you’re sorry, and turn more earnestly to God.
How can you demonstrate to God that your heart is fully committed to him?
More Resources on Strength
Blog Post – Find Strength in God When Stressed
Blog Post – God Gives Strength