“Salvation by grace alone through faith alone”—This truth is central to our faith and must be strongly guarded and taught.
2 Chronicles 11 & 12
2 Chronicles 11 & 12:
Direct your heart
Notice verse 12.14 about Rehoboam, “… he did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord.” The NASB says, “he did not set his heart to seek the Lord.” Other translations of that word include “to direct” or “to stand upright” or at attention.
Rehoboam was a mediocre king because he had a mediocre relationship with God. He never completely forsook God, he just never sought Him wholeheartedly. He didn’t pray as his father did for the wisdom he needed to rule the kingdom. He didn’t search the Scriptures to know the heart of God and obtain His wisdom. Matthew Henry in his commentary on the Bible says, “… he engaged not, his heart to seek the Lord …”
So how do we prepare our hearts to seek the Lord? We must direct our hearts to seek after the Lord. Our hearts, as the old hymn says, are prone to wander, we don’t automatically seek the Lord. We must purpose to do so. We first need to ask God for His help, we need to read and study “at attention”. And finally, we need to set our minds, be determined, to obey those things He shows us. Continue reading