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Undivided Heart

Undivided Heart

13 June 2010

Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 13-14; 2 Chronicles 12; Philippians 3

Scripture:

I ripped the kingdom from the hands of David’s family and gave it to you, but you weren’t at all like my servant David who did what I told him and lived from his undivided heart, pleasing me. (1 Kings 14:8 MSG)

But the final verdict on Rehoboam was that he was a bad king—God was not important to him; his heart neither cared for nor sought after God. (2 Chronicles 12:14 MSG)

After Solomon’s death, the kingdom was divided into the northern kingdom of Israel led by Jeroboam who had been one of Solomon’s officials, and the southern kingdom of Judah under Rehoboam, Solomon’s son.

The prophetic indictment on Jeroboam of Israel is that he wasn’t at all like David who obeyed God and lived from his undivided heart. The historical record on Rehoboam of Judah is that his heart neither cared for nor sought after God.

It’s really about heart. These two kings who led Israel and Judah over the precipice into a downward slide from which Judah only recovered briefly and from which Israel never recovered, had no heart for God. No heart for God.

David, who sinned dramatically at times, had a heart for God – an undivided heart. David’s response when confronted for his sin was, “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10 NLT)

We live life one day at a time. We face challenges, make choices, dream and plan, speak and act. The pattern of our thoughts, choices, and actions is really a heart issue because the thoughts, decisions, actions, and their consequences flow out of the heart.

It’s not about never sinning, never making a mistake or getting it wrong, it’s about having a heart that, when confronted with our sin, brokenly and repentantly cries out to God for forgiveness and for a fresh start.

Prayer:

Father, Please create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit in me. May I live and serve from an undivided heart. Live simply and serve whole-heartedly. My life lived one day at a time out of a heart that is undivided and true. A heart for God. Amen.

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