“Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.” Psalms 119:2
There is a spring rushing out of the side of a mountain that supplies water to our house and the neighboring farms. The pipes run a long way down the hills and through cow pastures. Some of them are exposed to the elements and many times they are broken and cracked by cows, tractors and people. It is a never ending headache for us to repair those pipes. One day God will provide us a way to drill a well hopefully and maybe we can run pipes to our neighbors, but until that day comes, we will keep walking the lines to repair the leaks.
My son Sam has been the one for the last several years to walk these lines as Katie and Wyatt went off to college. I asked him to tell me what it was like for him to check the lines and repair them. He said he always had a goal to get it done right the first time so he wouldn’t have to go out there again. It is a long walk and he said there was always a fear of snakes, spiders and caterpillars. He never enjoyed the thorns and briars that would tear up his legs as he hiked through the tall weeds and he referred to them as a nuisance.
When Sam would walk to the source and check for leaks and breaks, he would carefully examine the ground. If there was a spot where the grass was soggy and wet, he knew to dig down to the pipe and usually he would find a leak and repair it. The pipes that lay on top of the ground were easier to see because the water would be shooting up out of them.
Sam would seek for the broken areas very carefully and make sure the source wasn’t blocked by weeds and mud before making the hike back down to the house. Usually I would be smiling at him when he would make it back because the water would be running in the sink. But sometimes I would just point to the sink and he would see the water was weak and he knew he had not completely repaired the breaks or he had missed one. That meant he had to turn around and make the hike all over again.
Those hikes weren’t a highlight of Sam’s life, but they were necessary if we wanted to wash dishes, clothes and bodies! It had to be done and the result of a job well done brought happiness.
In our next verse here in Psalm 119, we are told once again of something that can bring happiness. We need to be Keeping His testimonies and Seeking Him with our WHOLE heart. We need to KEEP and SEEK.
You know, a lot of times we want to beat around the bush when it comes to correcting things in our life. We don’t want someone to really put their finger on our problem because it can be painful, even embarrassing to admit to a fault or character flaw, right?
Sometimes I wonder if America and Christians in general have gotten into a pattern of pretending that we are walking with God by going to church and acts of service, but at the real heart of the matter, we are still sheltering spots that we don’t want to give over to God. We say we want to keep His testimonies, but the reality is that we are weak because we have leaks.
It is going to take courage for us to hike through our hearts looking for the problem areas. We may face some things we don’t want to, but obeying God’s Word should never be something we consider NOT doing! We should always want to follow what He has said. And not just for our personal happiness, but for the fact that HE will be pleased!
“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Micah 6:8
Seeking God with our whole heart will happen when we are willing to let Him rule in our entire heart and change and fix what needs fixing. When God puts His finger on an area and convicts us of it, we can choose to obey and let Him fix us, or we can pretend we don’t notice and live a weak Christian life.
We need to wake up each day and walk the lines in our hearts and examine them in the light of God’s Word. If we find an area that has “sprung a leak”, then we need to use the Word to fix it. Our testimony for the Lord will be TRUE and strong if we obey His Word and Seek Him with our WHOLE heart.
“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” John 15:10
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
Don’t waste another day in a weak spiritual life. Do what is right!
Keep and Seek!
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Leviticus 20 / Isaiah 9-10 / Psalm 76 / Mark 10