You’re a believer right? Consider yourself to be a Christian. Why? For some, you always have been, you were “born” that way. For others…well, “it’s the right thing to do.” Some see a genuine life lived before them in a son or daughter of God, and want that for themselves…so they follow the lead they see put before them in a pastor or prophet.
As I have been journeying this month through the book of II Chronicles, I have found a couple places where it talks of “not preparing” your heart for the Lord. Some were leaders, some were followers, but ultimately, those that had not prepared their hearts to the Lord, were led away when the Godly influence was taken from before them.
Rehoboam had one of the most Godly parents you could have asked for. Sure, Solomon had problems when he was older and influenced by his wives, yet I think the example should have been prevelant before Rehoboam. Things go well when you serve the Lord, or not so well if you are not. Yet Chronicles says of Rehoboam “And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.” (II Chron 12:14) The terrible thing is he did evil. But why? He prepared not his heart to seek the Lord.
Forward to the people of Judah under Jehoshaphat. They had Godly leadership in King Asa as well as king Jehoshaphat. Yet it says of them…”for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers.” (II Chron 20:33) So when the next bad king comes along – they went right back into idolatry!
Will your Christianity be this wishy washy? When your Godly influence is taken away from before…where will you stand? Have you prepared your heart to seek the Lord? It comes down to you seeking the Lord, individually. You can follow Godly leadership almost every day of your life, and act the part, and even believe what you are doing is good and right, but until YOU prepare YOUR HEART to seek the Lord, you might find that as you have been led to follow the Lord, so you could be led to follow after ungodly ways.
Prepare your heart.