Having an “undivided heart” means that we must decide who we will follow: The LORD, or ourselves (idols). It’s a daily decision.
Today’s Proverbs chapter is one of my favorites. It shows us how to follow by using the “IF/THEN” approach. Let’s look at verses 1-5.
- We accept His words as true and store them up within us as the manual for righteous living;
- We turn away from folly (the mindset and attitude of this world) and turn to His wisdom that is presented to us in His Word;
- We apply our hearts and minds to understanding what the Spirit is teaching us;
- We call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding by confessing to the Spirit that we NEED Him to open our minds and hearts to what He is saying;
- We make His knowledge, His wisdom, and His will more important than silver and hidden treasure,
- We will understand what it means to fear the LORD–not a fear of punishment nor a fear of disappointing Him, but one of awe and respect and to realize that we are in His presence and we are SO out of our element! We stand in the presence of the KING OF THE UNIVERSE–and, yet, He loves us as His very own children!
- We will find the knowledge of God in that we know Him personally and intimately.
The other verse I want to study is Psalm 86:11, “Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.” In order to unite our hearts, we must first recognize that we have divided hearts. Divided between what? God’s way and our way. In order to accept God’s way, we must trust Him implicitly (completely) and explicitly (Him only). Satan wants to place doubt in our minds and get us to question the goodness of God:
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die [the lie]. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Satan got Eve to question God’s motivation for not eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We know NOW that we weren’t ready for the draw that such knowledge has on us. Indeed, we cannot resist the temptation to do evil! But God, in His GOODNESS, had the framework of salvation already in place (see Ephesians 1:3-14). Now, we have the working of grace through the Holy Spirit, “training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly [out of control] passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age (Titus 2:12).
Today, let’s strive to live with undivided hearts that are completely given over to our Lord and Savior, Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ). There is SO MUCH to learn, so let’s get started! Let’s accept, store up, turn, apply, call out, cry aloud, look for, and search for the Father in Scripture and in prayer.
Abba, I pray that You would teach me to have an undivided heart, to recognize and acknowledge that I have the knowledge of good and evil, but I also have the power through Your Spirit to choose righteously. I understand that I was not designed to make decisions on my own. You walk with me, holding my hand and guiding me with Your counsel (Psalm 73:23-24). May I trust You implicitly and explicitly today, Father. Amen.