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 16:9 NASB
God is not just watching everything that is going on in the earth – He’s looking for something. Something specific. His viewing of our lives, and even our hearts, has a purpose.
God is not intent on catching us doing something wrong. Alas, that wouldn’t take much effort on His part. We in the human race seem to always be doing something wrong to each other. Sometimes it’s big, awful, terrible things; more often, it’s little, petty, trifling things. These things are not what God’s eyes are scanning back and forth across the earth to see.
What God is hoping to see is hearts that are completely His. We can only imagine how many people’s hearts are partially His. There have to be a lot of hearts that are only partially His because there are so many people who call on His name but don’t act anything like Him!
God wants to be loved whole-heartedly. Who doesn’t? This is what He is looking for in the earth – hearts that are wholly devoted to Him, hearts that are fully in love with Him. Should a Creator want anything less from a creature? Should a husband or wife want anything less from each other?
God wants our hearts to be completely His because His heart is completely ours. Remember: we love because His first loved us. And, therefore, we love Him with a heart full of devotion because He loved us with a heart full of devotion. We can’t properly requite a whole-hearted love with a half-hearted love. Serving Him with a divided heart or being double-minded are utterly inappropriate responses to the love He has for us.
Note last of all why God is searching for hearts of 100% devotion: “that He may strongly support” them. In other words, God wants to do more things for us in this life! He’s looking for a justifiable reason to shower us with more blessings. We may think that God has already been generous with us when we were disobedient. He has. However, there is much more He wants to show us as we become obedient.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Our Heavenly Father, if my heart is divided, show me. If my love for You is anything less than whole-hearted, show me. Let this day be one of complete devotion to You…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.