Daily Devotional | Understanding II Chronicles 16:9a

God is Committed to Each One of Us by Nancy Nair

I was reading II Chronicles recently and came across verse 16:9a about God looking to and fro, across the earth, searching for those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. I thought to myself, “Wow! If God looked to and fro across the earth in those days, I am sure that He is still doing that today.” I got excited to think that God is not just sitting up in heaven; rather, He is still looking to and fro, across the earth, to see who He can use. What does a committed life look like to God? We can see examples in those He has chosen over the years, such as Moses, Abraham, David, Esther, Ruth, Mary, Joseph, and so many others spoken about in the Bible. There are also examples in the men and women that He has chosen during our span of history: Charles Wesley, Watchman Nee, Corrie Ten Boom, Billy Graham and, I believe, my husband, Ken, too. God saw in each of them a commitment to do what He wanted them to do. As I read II Chronicles 16:9a, I believe God is still looking to and fro, across the earth, for those whose hearts are fully committed to obedience to Him. As I think about my life and the lives of Christians today I wonder: will He see strength or sincerity in our commitments to Him? Let’s not disappoint God because we aren’t striving to be what He wants us to be, more and more like Christ. Remember now that Ken challenges Christians to read through the Bible in one year. As we read, any differences that we find between what His word says and how we are living should prompt us to commit to changing our lives. If we loved God enough to make the commitment necessary to become obedient to His Word, we could change the world!

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