If the words “Hopelessly Devoted to You” bring to your mind Sandy Dee singing by the pool, you’ll be disappointed in today’s post. My devotion is not to Danny Zuko.
I have just finished reading through 2 Chronicles chapters 21-29 and I noticed an interesting pattern.
In chapters 29, 27, 26 and 24 four king’s are mentioned and it says Hezekiah, Jotham, Uzziah and Josah “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.”
In chapter 28 Ahaz “did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord.”
In chapter 25 Amaziah “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, yet not with a whole heart.”
In chapter 22 and 21 Ahaziah and Jehoram “did evil in the eyes of the Lord.”
Summed up in one brief sentence is the entire reign of each King.
It gave me reason to pause and consider how God would sum up my life. Would He say, Stacey did what was right in the eyes of the Lord or Stacey did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord or, Stacey did evil in the eyes of the Lord?
If those three statements were the only options I would rest easy, assuming my legacy would be positive. However, there is a fourth possibility. God could say Stacey did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, but not with her whole heart.
I believe in matters of black and white most of us who claim to follow Jesus choose the clear right path. However, it is in those shades of grey that God illuminates whether we follow Jesus with our whole heart.
The half-hearted faith of a person with divided loyalty to God will erode over time much like Amaziah’s dependence and faith in God declined. Do not follow his path toward destruction. Be wholehearted in your devotion to God. Do what is right in the eyes of the Lord.