A Loyal Heart

The writer of 2 Chronicles stated, “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” (16:9). God told King Asa that He continuously watches for those who are steadfast in Him. King Asa had experienced God’s awesome power when he faced a menacing army from Ethiopia (2 Chronicles 14:9-15). God gave Asa victory, despite the overwhelming odds he faced.

In spite of this miracle, the next time Asa faced an enemy he failed to trust God (16:7-10). Even though the army Asa faced was smaller than the one God had previously defeated, Asa’s faith faltered. God encouraged Asa to take courage in knowing that God never rests or sleeps. He is never distracted, but diligently seeks individuals whose hearts are completely devoted to Him. Peter wrote, “Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame” (1 Peter 2:6).

Do you feel too weak to fight some of life’s battles? Don’t give up. Keep your heart loyal to God, for He wants to demonstrate His strength in your life. The question is not whether God is looking for His people, but whether His people are seeking Him. Through your faith and obedience, you can overcome the world (1 John 5:4). In this way, you will “not be put to shame.” Will you repent of your sins, confess Christ, and be buried with Him in baptism? If you will and have a loyal heart, you can go to heaven (Revelation 2:10; cp. Matthew 10:22).

Kyle Campbell