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Fully Committed

Keith Pate

The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. (II Chronicles 16:9)

I have been reading a book recently by Robert J. Morgan entitled The Strength You Need. Each chapter focuses on twelve Scripture verses that remind the believer from whence their strength comes. II Chronicles 16:9 is highlighted in chapter two.

The author conveys the background of the passage.  King Asa (King of Judah) started out as a good king. The first several years of his reign were characterized by a dependence upon God for wisdom, direction, and power. He was successful in those years as God blessed him and the country. As the years passed however, Asa replaced faith with security by making an alliance with the kingdom of Syria paying them with treasures of gold and silver from the temple of God for protection. Not a good move!  Asa had seen God work mighty miracles on behalf of His people in miraculous battles of the past. Yet, in his later years he forgot or drifted away from his fervent faith and moved toward self-reliance, military prowess, and advisors of his day to fix the problems he faced. Asa did not finish well.

How do we as followers of Christ keep from making a similar tragic mistake? Dr. Morgan lists the following for consideration:

  1. Use every significant occasion in life to rededicate yourself to Christ. Take every opportunity you can to reaffirm your faith, reflecting on God’s deliverance along the journey.
  2. Keep listening to sound Biblical teaching. Guard your minds from false teaching and stay connected to the power source, God’s Word.
  3. Don’t quit before the finish line.  Claim II Chronicles 16:9 as your mantra.

As I contemplated these truths a very old hymn from my childhood came to mind, “Loyalty to Christ” written by Dr. E. T. Cassell.  The basic tenant of the hymn is through the loyal, steadfast following of Christ we will gain victory in this Christian journey. Without reliance upon our Savior each day we will falter and fail.

In these unusual, unpredictable, and disconcerting days may we all remember God gives strength to those who are truly committed to Him. The journey will not be easy, but the ultimate victory has already been won through Jesus Christ!

Pastor Keith

Keith Pate About Keith Pate

Keith is originally from Castleberry, AL in Conecuh County. He joined Eastern Hills as Minister of Music in January of 2005 from Anastasia Baptist Church in St. Augustine, FL.