Why is it that we say we love God and yet we struggle to obey Him fully in all things? I believe the greatest problem for Christians are the many carnal distractions in the world today. These distractions cause us to focus on ourselves and our fleshly desires. This results in a divided heart. We love God but maybe not will all our heart; we love the world just a little bit. This problem came to my mind as I read the following passage from today’s reading.
Psalm 86:11-13 ESV
“Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.”
Did you notice the phrase “unite my heart to fear your name”? When the Bible speaks of fearing God it does not mean that we should hide from Him and worry about a desire on His part to wipe us off the face of the earth. Fearing God means to hold Him in the high level of reverence and awe which He deserves. He is holy and we are not. We do not deserve to come into His presence but because of who He is, He has made a way for us to find forgiveness and to come into His presence. Our response to what God has done for us should be one of complete obedience and dedication to Him. He should be our everything. Jesus said as much when he told us the greatest commandment.
Matthew 22:37-38 ESV
“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.”
Do you hear the “sold-out”, unity of that first and greatest commandment? God is to be our Alpha and Omega, our beginning and our end. We are not to have a heart divided between God and the world. Of course, in our own strength we are incapable of such a unified heart. In Christ, however, all things are possible. I recommend brothers that we each do as the psalmist does; pray for God to unite our hearts. Let us each commit to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit away from the meaningless trinkets of this world and toward a heart united in love for God.