July 18

“The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9

God is looking for a man, or woman, whose heart will be always set on Him, and who will trust Him for all He desires to do. God is eager to work more mightily now than He ever has through any soul. The clock of the centuries points to the eleventh hour.

“The world is waiting yet to see what God can do through a consecrated soul.” Not the world alone, but God Himself is waiting for one, who will be more fully devoted to Him than any who have ever lived; who will be willing to be nothing that Christ may be all; who will grasp God’s own purposes; and taking His humility and His faith, His love and His power, will, without hindering, continue to let God do exploits.

In an address given to ministers and workers after his ninetieth birthday, George Mueller spoke thus of himself: “I was converted in November, 1825, but I only came into the full surrender of the heart four years later, in July, 1829. The love of money was gone, the love of place was gone, the love of position was gone, the love of worldly pleasures and engagements was gone. God, God alone became my portion. I found my all in Him; I wanted nothing else. And by the grace of God this has remained, and has made me a happy man, an exceedingly happy man, and it led me to care only about the things of God. I ask affectionately, my beloved brethren, have you fully surrendered the heart to God, or is there this thing or that thing with which you are taken up irrespective of God?” (Streams in the Desert)

God knows, the heart is a battle field. Surprisingly, the foe standing across the way strangely resembles what I desire most. My chief struggle is not against legions of demons or Beelzebub himself, but all the good things in life that compete for my attention. Tillich is right when he defines God as “ultimate concern”; whatever or whoever I grant ultimate allegiance is my god. God’s will itself becomes a deterrent when we substitute “doing” for “being.” Our primary calling is not to a task, but to a Person—Jesus Christ must hold my heart and highest fascination or I will waste my life pursuing any number of good causes or pleasant pastimes.

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