Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- August 12, 2011
Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11
An undivided heart unites around the will of God. The heart is our headquarters for His purposes. It is here that humility reigns with focus and clarity, but pride’s rule divides. The attributes of its scepter are awe and intimidation. Pride divides, while humility unites. It is our undivided devotion to God that determines our other devotions. It excludes some and creates others. So as your faith becomes more focused, you become more focused. You do fewer things well, instead of many things mediocre.
Your life becomes a laser beam of implementation in the Lord’s best. People may wonder why your efforts are increasingly intentional. You can tell them that God is teaching you to focus. Like an infant, you are growing beyond the milk of your salvation to the meat of His Word. Hebrews 6:1a teaches, “Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity…”
An undivided heart is a student of the Lord’s for life. There is no “arriving” in this life. We don’t know it all until we are in the presence of the Almighty. Indeed, the wise remain learners of the Lord’s teachings their whole life long. An undivided heart craves teaching that goes beyond the surface of salvation and into the depths of dependence on God. The mature understanding of God gets to the heart of the matter. It is in this place of integrity where you divide your heart in disobedience, or unite it in obedience. An undivided heart places you on a path marked by His truth. It is walking in His ways.
Walking is a lifestyle. It is a way of doing things. Obedience to God’s truth becomes a habit of living life with an undivided heart. Your undivided heart propels you along His prayerful and proper path. He walks with you in the valley of death (Psalm 23:4) and on the mountaintop of life (Matthew 17:1-3). A faith-focused heart invites your heavenly Father in. It is a fulcrum for your faith.
Therefore, avoid double minded duties. God hates double-mindedness (Psalm 119:113). Only when you draw near to God can you deal with double-mindedness (James 4:8). Double-mindedness is a first cousin of a divided heart. Instead, unite around Christ and His teachings. Make His behavior the baseline for your life and work. It may mean engaging professional services that align more with your values.
It may mean changing to a church that unapologetically teaches God’s Word. It may mean breaking off a relationship that divides your heart and conflicts your mind. A united heart does not avoid the difficult path of obedience. It submits to its Savior and models Him. Though you may be torn, make sure to trust by praying, “Not my will, but Your will be done.”
Taken from reading #71 in the new upcoming (release date Labor Day) 90-day devotional, Seeking God in the Psalms.
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