Another problem we often find in ourselves that hinders reading the Bible and time with the Lord is a divided heart. We try to be loyal to different masters. Jesus made it clear; “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money” (Matthew 6:24).
Again, we turn to the heart of David who realized this problem in Psalm 86:11 “Teach me Your way, O Lord, that I may walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name.” The word “unite” means to “make or declare as one or to be alone with.” There could not be any other person or thing to hold David’s attention and loyalty. Every other relationship and activity in life must be secondary and subservient to his relationship with the Lord.
God promised Israel to give “them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them” (Jeremiah 32:39).
When our heart is made one with the Lord and He is the only one who has our attention, reading the Bible and time with Him becomes a pleasure and joy (see Psalm 16;11), not a burden. I challenge you to get alone with the Lord, as we close out this year, and ask Him to remove those things in your heart and life that have divided your loyalty. Such a radical request demands divine power. You cannot do this on your own.
How you respond to this challenge will have a direct impact on your marriage, family, church, ministry, work, etc.
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