daily devotional

2 Corinthians 16:9 – The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

Can you imagine that the eyes of the Lord are searching, searching here and searching there, all across the earth, looking for somebody that he can show himself strong to? That God is searching for somebody he can show off for. That God is looking for somebody, somebody he can pour his blessings on. He’s searching. He’s searching.

God, please pick me. Pick me. I’m your girl right here. Show yourself strong to me. Show off for me. Pour your blessings out on me.

When you have something awesome, don’t you just love to show it to others. If you get a brand new car, don’t you just love to give your girlfriend a ride. Oh yes, come sit in my car, smell that new car smell. It brings you great joy to give her a ride in your new car.
Imagine that is how our God is. He has all these blessings, all this strength, all this goodness and he is looking for someone to share it with. He’s excited to give you a ride! He has something good and it brings him great joy for someone to get to benefit from it.

Now I want you to imagine you have this brand new car with that new car smell, tan leather interior with light beige carpet. Everything is pristine. And you get a call from your woolly friend. Your backwoods friend. Your friend who always has muddy boots and greasy jeans. Now do you really want to give him a ride? Nah, you’ll find some kind of excuse because what you have is so good you can’t just let it be ruined.
I’m telling you what God has available is SO GOOD, he can’t just pour it out on anyone. His eyes are searching, searching and searching over the whole earth looking for hearts that are fully committed to him. Oh yes, those are the ones he can share with. Those are the ones who he can bless. Those are the ones he can do the impossible for. Those are the ones he can give supernatural strength. The hearts that are fully committed to him.

Are you one of those? Is your heart fully committed to God?

Well that’s a tough question isn’t it? What does a fully committed heart require, I mean show me the list of expectations that go along with that. Does that mean I should be on my face in prayer 5.3 hours of the day? Does that mean I should memorize his word from cover to cover? Does that mean I should give up my fake eyelashes for a life of bare eyes? Oh darn, what does a fully committed heart require?

I’ve found 8 suggestions of what a fully committed heart might look like in scripture.
1 Seek the Lord with all your heart (Psalm 119:2,10; Jeremiah 29:13; 2 Chronicles 15:15)
2 Follow the Lord with all your heart (Numbers 32:12)
3 Obey the Lord with all your heart (Psalm 119:34,69; 1 Chronicles 29:19)
4 Love the Lord with all your heart (Deuteronomy 6:4–5; Matthew 22:36–38)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart (Proverbs 3:5)
6 Praise the Lord with all your heart (Psalm 111:1; 138:1)
7 Serve the Lord with all your heart (Joshua 22:5; 1 Chronicles 28:9; Romans 1:9)
8 Work for the Lord with all your heart (Nehemiah 4:6; Colossians 3:23)
God wants all of your heart. A fully committed heart that seeks him, follows him, obeys him, loves him, trusts him, praises him, serves him and works for him.
Where does your heart need a little redirection today? Have you been seeking him? Have you really, fully been trusting him? Have you been taking the time to praise him? Where can you work to get a little better today with your heart towards God?

The psalmist prayed in Psalm 86:11 ‘Give me an undivided heart.’ This is what we need today, an undivided a heart. A heart that is fully committed, fully seeking, fully following, fully trusting God.

This is what God is looking for. His eyes are searching today. He’s looking all over the earth for that undivided heart fully committed to him … and when he finds it, look out. He’s going to pour out his strength. He’s gonna show up and you’ll know it’s him because he’s gong to do what only he can do. His blessings are going to be overwhelming.

Bring it on God, bring it on. I’m right here and I’m going to seek. I’m going to follow, I’m going to obey. I’m going to love. I’m going to trust. I’m going to praise. I’m going to serve. I’m going to work. WITH ALL MY HEART. I’m gonna get my heart right. I’m going to get my heart fully committed to you. And I know when I do my part God, you will without fail, do your part.