A Divided HeartBro. David Chancellor
4/19/2009 6:00 PM
Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images. Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images. For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the Lord; what then should a king do to us?
"Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images. Their heart is divided…" They had a divided heart. They were pulled in many directions. Many people are going through life with a divided heart. It is a faulty condition. They had rejected God’s plan for them. They rejected the King of kings. You can’t ever find happiness in that faulty condition.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness, if therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other, Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
You don’t have to have a lot of stuff to have your heart set on things here. You need an undivided heart. You can’t serve two masters. You’re unacceptable to God in that state. There are things that will cause your treasures here to deteriorate, and the things of this life won’t make you happy. The soul can only be satisfied with God.
Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works. All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name. For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone. Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.
There’s no other god like God. The Israelites had tried to allow for other gods. God isn’t one among many. He’s the only one and there’s none like him. No idol is capable of doing what God can do. God is God alone.
"…unite my heart to fear thy name." To unite is to make it undivided and to bring it together. Our hearts need to be changed to find God and walk with him. There is something within man that is drawn to God and meant to be united to him. God can make your heart one in him. We can enjoy our time here much better when our hearts are united with God.
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
God does bring humanity together, but he also brings us together with God. He unites our hearts. He takes care of the divided heart. Jesus prayed that the heart would be made whole. This prayer was answered on the day of Pentecost. The Spirit of God heals the divided condition of the heart. Christ wanted every heart to be mended. He would still work this for us today.
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
They were able to break bread together and worship together. They were settled on God, to live for him. We, too, can have a single purpose. We can be settled to live for God. It begins when our divided heart is made whole. Jesus came so that we could be made one in our hearts.