April 19 Devotional

I was reading about one of the good kings in the history of Judah named Hezekiah.  When he took over as the king, he made some radical reforms.  He actually cleaned out the temple and encouraged the Jewish people to turn back to God and worship only Him.  He also made a way for all the people to sacrifice to God.  He did all this because he had his heart in the right place.  “And in every work that he began [King Hezekiah] in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered” (II Chronicles 31:21).  When my eyes crossed these words, it was like the eyes of the Holy Spirit crossed over my heart.  I wondered … if God was writing my life’s story, could He write these words about my passion for Him?


Unfortunately, I believe that many are serving in churches today “half-heartedly” or without any fervent heart for God.  How can we do that when we are serving a God Who demonstrated His heart for us on the cruel cross of Calvary?  He gave all He had in order to demonstrate His love toward us.  He did this while we were yet sinners.  Today, I do not want you to think of anyone else but yourself.  Are you serving God with a whole heart?  Are you living 100% for God today?  Totally committed to His will for your life?  Are you fully surrendered and going forward in that direction with all your might?  That is what God deserves … that is what God demands if you want to have success in your Christian life.


Hezekiah sought God with that whole heart.  Hezekiah sought the laws and commandments of God.  When he did that, he did it with all His heart!  Are you seeking God wholeheartedly today?  Have you considered what He wanted you to do with this day before you started on your path?  Did you dig into the Word of God this morning to give light to your path?  Have you had the Word of God convict you to the point that you decided to change your attitude or direction to match what you read?  You cannot have a heart for the things of God without having a heart for the Word of God.  I’m not talking here about reading this devotional as your spiritual food for the day.  I’m hopeful that this is your spiritual appetizer, the thing that leads you into the main course you will find between the pages of God’s precious Word.


I want to be a man whose heart is fully surrendered to God and His will for me today.  I want to be a man who can prosper in the way I am going, because I am going in the way He has chosen for me!


God is more concerned about your heart than your health.” – Unknown