Matthew 18:16 is in the context of church discipline. I’m using this verse as confirmation to something in my present. It says,”…that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.” There are no coincidences or happenstances in God’s economy. Everything is divinely orchestrated through His impeccable timing.
Sunday my pastor brought up Deuteronomy 6:5. It says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Three times Moses said ‘all’ which means no exception. On Monday I had 2 Chronicles 16:9 as my homework assignment. The translation given was different from what I had memorized as a child.
It says, “…whose heart is completely His.” My mind immediately went back to the verse in Deuteronomy 6. I looked up the Hebrew words. Heart~inner man, mind, will, understanding. Soul~desire, emotion, passion. Strength~might, force. David had a prayer in Psalm 86:11 that we can make our own. He asked the Lord to unite his heart to fear His name. He was asking the Lord to give him singleness of heart.
Here is an example of a cry of the whole heart. Psalm 63:1 says, “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:8 Amplified says, “My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me.”
Psalm 42:1-2 are the words depicting the cry from a deer that knows that if it can’t get to water it will die. We need to ask ourselves if this is the cry of our heart. It says, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?”
Do you remember what God told Samuel when He sent him to anoint David as the next king? 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “…For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” The only way that we can truly know our heart is to look at it through God’s eyes. He sees everything.
Sunday I was reminded of this, as I was on Monday. Tuesday I started reading in my homework assignment book. There it was again! The third day in the row Deuteronomy 6:5 was set before me. I sat back and said, “Lord, what are You speaking to me that I didn’t get the first time?” Have you ever had the same type of trial more than once? The Lord will repeat our lessons until He has accomplished His purpose in our lives.
Until we are both hearers and doers of God’s word, we will remain weak in our faith. Moses had died and Joshua was the new leader. Joshua 1:7 says, “Be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.”
The Lord knows our thoughts before we think them. He knows what is in our heart. He knows what squatter lies occupy places where truth should be. He knows every nook and cranny. Here is a verse from a new song Womb Of The Morning. Don’t let the cares of this life choke out My words. Open your heart to hear the beat of My own heart. I desire oneness with you but I won’t compete with that to which you give yourself. I will but wait until you tire of your own pursuits. And nestle down in My love.