2 Chronicles 20:31-33
“Thus Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah. He was thirty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. He walked in the way of Asa his father and did not turn aside from it, doing what was right in the sight of the LORD. The high places, however, were not taken away; the people had not yet set their hearts upon the God of their fathers.”
Those last two sentences. He was doing what was right in the sight of the LORD, however, the high places were not taken away and hearts were not set upon the God of their fathers.
but having high places (ungodly affections)
and a heart not devoted to God.
How many times do we fit this description? I long for a day when my hearts affection is not fickle to the things of this world. I strive for devotion to Him, but this world pulls at me more than I care to admit.
I take comfort in knowing that the great apostle Paul, had the same dilemma. In Romans 7 he says:
“So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.”
But in Romans 8, he breaks forth with the solace of my soul…
(you should read the whole chapter)
“For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Yes, sometimes I feel like I am stuck in Romans 7….
“For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.”
But a wise pastor once told me, “Turn the page sister!”
I am so thankful that as I rise in the mornings I can seek the comfort of my God that even though I am striving to please Him in this mortal body that has desires of it’s own, I am His own…holy and beloved, blessed by God, the apple of His eye, a daughter of the king…flawed but blessed and grateful beyond measure!
Go in peace knowing that He does not require your perfection, but He does desire your hearts devotion. You can give Him that, and I know that is pleasing to Him.
Blessings and Peace,