Sometimes we may do something wholeheartedly but the world doesn’t understand the strength it takes for us and may interpret our actions as less than committed. Fiona explains.
“He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, but not wholeheartedly.” (2 Chronicles 25:2)
The reign of Amaziah, one of the kings of Judah, is described by, “he did what was right–but not wholeheartedly.” Some of the kings were known because they were faithful in following God’s commands. But many are known because of how far they strayed, or allowed their people to stray, from what God had commanded them to do.
Amaziah kind of sits on the fence–but as I read his story recently, I was struck by the above verse and how often those of us with chronic illness, may feel we are unable to do things wholeheartedly.
We may not be able to do things we once did to serve God; or maybe we do them, but in reduced ways now. Maybe some of us even wonder what there is that we can do for God now–because of our limitations.
This verse says that Amaziah did what was right, even if he didn’t do it wholeheartedly. Surely that’s what we should do too. What God wants us to do, may be just to encourage someone–which may look like a little thing, but can be huge in someone else’s life.
God asks us to do what’s right and to do it to the best of our ability, even if that doesn’t appear like much of a wholehearted effort to someone else.
God knows how feeble we are. The Psalmist cries:
“I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart.” (Psalm 38:8)
He just asks us to do wholeheartedly what He knows we are able to do for Him.
At this busy time of year when everyone is setting resolutions and making to-do lists, those with limited energy can become overwhelmed with all that appears to need our attention or effort. Are we using our effort to do what God wants us to do?
Prayer: Father God, though my efforts may at times seem feeble, help me to use my efforts for what’s important and right, to wholeheartedly make a difference for You. Amen.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful that God walks each step of her life with her, and that He is teaching her new things as she learns to live with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to share those things with others. You can contact her in the Sunroom, or read more of her writing on her blog there.
Is there something you need to be doing more wholeheartedly? Do you use your limited energy to do what matters most to God?
When we are wondering what more we can give, we have all kinds of emotions that rumble around, from anger to sorrow, bitterness to thankfulness. This song, “Corridors” by John Elefante has some lyrics that I think you can appreciate if you have ever felt this way before. -Lisa