“Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name”–Psalm 86:11 (NIV)
Today’s post discusses why it is hard to remain obedient when necessary distractions, in this “rat race” of our urban society, take our focus off the Lord.
An “Undivided Heart,” my theme, my motif I carry forth. The etymology of my theme comes from the sundry challenges of being a Christian, wife, mother, grandmother along with burdens of employment and health issues. I am sure to be not alone wearing these various “hats” of life, or feeling divided by these necessary distractions between the spiritual and the carnal worlds desiring to live in just one, the spiritual. Does this sound like you? Can you relate?
The perpetual merger of my undivided heart will be bonded by the glue of my faith, prayer, and God’s word. There are no doubts distractions will continue its call with dividing and interfering with my life. However, my strength comes from the Lord, and my belief in putting Him first in the myriad of the activities in my life as I go forth in the burgeoning years serving Him.
In Matthew 6:34 God tells us “Take therefore no though for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself, sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” For me this is difficult. What about you sis?
Let us look at biblical examples of two men, one with a divided heart and one with an undivided heart.
First, King David had a divided heart when he saw and summoned Bathsheba to the palace. If he had been about God’s business perhaps he would not have committed this indiscretion.
David being a man after God’s own heart still had to face consequences for his affair with the wife of Uriah. God did not condone David’s sin nor does He excuse our sins. Ladies, we will be tempted but to yield is our choice.
Second, Joseph’s story is also familiar to us. He was the favorite son of Jacob who was taken to Egypt and became a servant of Mr. Potiphar.
The time came when Mrs. Potiphar decided she wanted to commit adultery with him. Being a determined woman, she refused to accept Joseph’s continuous refusals but Joseph ran away. Mrs. Potiphar plotted to frame Joseph, a man with an undivided heart, with his left behind garment. Joseph’s heart was on His God as stated in Genesis 39:9, “How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”
I believe we all know there are consequences if we do not flee from sin like Joseph. Let us continue to strive to be obedient children of God. In the end Joseph was elevated by God for his obedience.
There are no excuses for sinning against God. He always provides a way of escape. Let us continue to focus on Matthew 6:33
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you [us].”
Philippians 3:13-14 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Isaiah 43:18 “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.”
II Samuel 11:2 “And David sent messengers, and took her, and she came in unto him, and he lay with her.”
Acts 13:33, “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.”
Mark 4:22, “For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was anything kept secret, but that it should come abroad.”
Genesis 39:21 “But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.”
I Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able, but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye ay be able to bear it.”