• William T. Howe Ph.D.

May 18, 2021

Daily Reading: II Chronicles 28-31

II Chronicles 31:21 And in every work that he began 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.

Wholehearted. That's what Hezekiah was. This man was perhaps the greatest of the kings of Judah. Why? In my estimation he wholeheartedly sought the Lord God: His house, His law, and His commandments. Because of Hezekiah's singular focus (wholeheartedness) he prospered. Let me give you a nugget about being wholehearted about something; anything.

To be wholehearted means that there is no room for anything else in the heart. This is why trouble comes to some marriages. One spouse is wholehearted about their work meaning there is no room for the marriage. But, if a person is wholehearted about their marriage the work will suffer. Let's face it, for a marriage to succeed, unless you are independently wealthy, at least one spouse has to work, but there must be a balance. Work and marriage must both find room in the heart for both to be satisfied. While at work have your heart in the work. In marriage, have your heart in marriage. But no one can be truly wholehearted about one aspect of life without reducing the other aspects of life. Except....

Except the Lord. A person can be wholehearted toward the things of the Lord and properly satisfy their spouse, their employer, their church responsibility (which they would surely have if they were wholehearted toward the Lord God). This is possible because by being wholehearted about God, every aspect of their life is impacted properly. Their marriage, their work, their relationships, their recreation, their finances, their interaction with the lost, their interaction with their neighbors, everything. When He is preeminent, the result is a person who is wholehearted toward Him, and everything in their life improves. Or should.

A wife, for example, cannot be wholehearted about her children and have enough heart left for her husband. But she can be wholehearted without sacrificing the relationships she shares with both her children, her husband, and all the other things of life that pull at her. It's like something is said in the Bible about this. Oh, yes, Jesus said it in Matthew 6:33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. He is speaking of physical needs, but isn't it probable that this principle covers everything? Seek Him first and all things needed will be added to you, but He must be first. Meaning to follow Him with the whole heart.

Until tomorrow, be wholehearted for Christ today.

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