“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.”-2 Chronicles 16:9
The devotional for August 1 in Experiencing God Day by Day says “Life’s challenges sometimes seem impossible…Don’t give up! Keep your heart loyal to God, for He constantly watches over you, and He desires 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”
A loyal heart. That is what I desire to have, but it stands in stark contradiction to the pull of the three-ring circus. They eyes of the Lord are not alone in roaming the earth. “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 I often feel the oppression of our enemy or my own evil desires, but I have to remember that “we are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 The fact that God desires to show Himself strong on behalf of a loyal heart gives me strenth in itself. We are nothing on our own but when we are loyal in our devotion to Him, we can say, “we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Cor. 4:7 Lord, demonstrate Your strength in my life.