Today I did not randomly open the Bible — instead the Bible verse (actually verses) was thrust upon me on the radio this morning. I heard an interview with Brandon Heath where he talked about the reason for his song Whole Heart. He talked about the Bible telling us to seek God with our whole heart, trust God with our whole heart and love God with our whole heart. He spoke of 3 bible verses. I was driving so I could not write them down, but these are the ones I found tonight:
Seek God With Your Whole Heart:
Yet when you seek the LORD, your God, from there, you shall indeed find him if you search after him with all your heart and soul. In your distress, when all these things shall have come upon you, you shall finally return to the LORD, your God, and listen to his voice. Since the LORD, your God, is a merciful God, he will not abandon or destroy you, nor forget the covenant with your ancestors that he swore to them.
When you call me, and come and pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me—oracle of the LORD—and I will change your lot.
Jeremiah 29: 12-14
Until I heard the radio interview this morning, I never thought about whether I am seeking God with my whole heart. Instead, I am afraid most times I go about it half heartedly. If I am not busy with something else, if it’s not too difficult, if it’s Sunday morning or there is a religious event that can do the work for me. I am not sure I am doing it with my whole heart, with my whole being.
Trust God With Your Whole Heart
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely; In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.
This is probably my hardest of the three. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. My mind overpowers my heart and tries to rely on its own intelligence. I find it hard to let go. I think more often than not I reach for God, but with one hand I still hold on to the edge of the pool. Trust with all your heart. I need to make my other hand let go. I need to trust that God will keep me afloat. He has never given me any reason to doubt.
Love God With Your Whole Heart
Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God, with your whole heart, and with your whole being, and with your whole strength. Take to heart these words which I command you today. Keep repeating them to your children. Recite them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them on your arm as a sign and let them be as a pendant on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates.
There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test him and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” He said in reply, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” He replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”
Love God with all your heart, all your being, all your strength and all your mind. I love the instructions in Deuteronomy: Take to heart these words which I command you today. Keep repeating them to your children. Recite them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them on your arm as a sign and let them be as a pendant on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates.
There is no one more deserving of our love than God — this one shouldn’t be hard, but sometimes I know I still put myself first. Sometimes I still put false idols, electronics, tv shows, candy crush, football games and even chicken wings first. I do not want to do that, but as I think about it now, I allow this to happen because I am not approaching God with my whole heart. Too often I am approaching Him with only my Sunday heart — just 1/7 of my heart.
The Bible tells us:
- Seek God with all of your heart — and you will find Him, He will return you to Him and He will change your lot.
- Trust God with all your heart and he will make straight your paths.
- Love God with all your heart and you shall live.
Wow! As it was this morning when I heard these three together, my mind is blown. My heart is stretching. The instructions are simple. Following them is hard, unless we do it with our whole heart, so there isn’t room for distraction. If we only do it half heartedly — we leave room in our heart and in our being to be led astray. We need to fill it up with God.
I am up for the challenge. I am ready to let go of the pool’s edge. Let go with me!
Lord, help us!