2 Chronicles 16:9 9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. (NKJV)
He found loyal hearts in 2 Chronicles 30 – The King called for the people to celebrate a passover. Some made fun of the news. Didn’t have time for God. But there were those who came and tore down all of the places of worship that were not to the Lord. They didn’t come doing everything correct according to the law, but their heart was in the right place. The King prayed and asked the Lord to forgive everyone who prepares their heart to seek God and the Lord listened to him and healed the people.
Isaiah 29:13 The Lord saw the peoples hearts. They said they were worshiping Him with their lips but the hearts and minds wer far from the Lord!
In chapter 30:10-11 the people say, “we don’t want to hear about the Lord any more!”
God in His graciousness, after they want nothing to do with Him says, in verse 15 – “In returning (to Me) and resting (in Me) you shall be saved; in quietness and in (trusting) confidence shall be your strength.” (AMP)
Verse 18 (so good) ….the Lord (easnestly) waits (expecting, looking, and longing) to be gracious to you; and therefor He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who (earnestyly) wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him (for His vicotory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship)! (AMP)
God is so GOOD!
He even says in verse 20, “your teacher will not be hid from you any more,…you will hear your teacher. Verse 21 “your ears will hear a word behind you, saying. This is the way, walk in it, when you trurn to the right hand and when you turn to the left” Even during our troubled times! Yes! Yes! Yes! (Our teacher is the Holy Spirit)
God is looking at our heart! Where is it, who, what is, important to us. When He sees it is Him, He is there for us!
He was there for Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem when they were attacked (2 Chron. 32), In that same chapter God heals Hezekiah! Their hearts were toward the Lord and because of that they heard the Lord directing their lives.
He was there for Naaman. A leper in 2 Kings 5, from another country, comes to see Elisha, the prophet. Elisha says, go dip in the Jordan river 7 times. He does it and is completely healed of the leporsy. He now knows there is only one God in all the earth. Elisha’s God. He asks Elisha to to ask the Lord to pardon him when he goes into the Kings temple (who he is working for) and bows down to forgive him. Elisha say – go in peace. In other words God will.
God is looking at our hearts! Who, what, where is our heart connected. When it is to the Lord, He looks past our weakness, mistakes……He is looking at our heart. He knows we are just dust. But when He breathes in us we come alive.
Death is final! Love if full of possiblilites!
Jesus death brough finality to our death and His love is giving us endless possiblities!