For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. 2 Chronicles 16:9
Asa became King of Judah. God came upon Azaraih with a message for Asa... the Lord is with you when you are with Him. If you see Him, He will be found by you... but if you forsake Him....
This message gave Asa strength and courage to do what was right. He followed in the Lord, He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.... for years God was with him in all that he did. But something changed...
Another king came against Asa... however instead of seeking God first, he took it upon himself to enlist another powerful King. Together they conquered more territory. But a seer came to Asa and confronted him, because he did not rely on the Lord, who had already proven Himself more than able to help Asa.
How often do we take matters into our own hands? Hasn't God proven Himself faithful to us over and over? Do we not know by now that He is there and ready to fully strengthen us when we fully rely on Him? So why do we do what know we should not do?
God values those who are so devoted to Him that He seeks us out. God strongly supports those who have given everything to Him in their righteous plans, deeds of faith, and times of danger and trials. If we are truly and completely devoted to God... He will give us strength and hold us up!
In the OT God showed a difference in those whose hearts were completely His and those who were divided between Him and the world. We see this again in the NT, in Revelations where these two types of people are compared: faithful over-comers and the luke-warm.
God calls us to love HIM completely and He is jealous for us. We can not be double minded in our relationship with Him. There really isn't a middle ground... it is all or none. God will not share our heart with things of this world. He values US too much... and He will not share us.
My friends, where does your heart belong? Is it ALL to Jesus or just mostly to Jesus? There really isn't an option... it must be fully and totally surrendered to Him. Oh Lord, may I be found fully committed to You and You alone!