He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, but not wholeheartedly. – 2 Chronicles 25:2
King Amaziah came to power as king of Judah following the death of his father, Joash, who had murdered the prophet and priest Zechariah the son of Jehoida, who had helped spare his very life and establish him as king. Amaziah reportedly did what was right in the eyes of God, but he didn’t do it wholeheartedly. He merely did what the Law required out of compulsion and coercion and not out of love for God, as David did. He eventually fell into idol worship after he had defeated Edom and brought their gods back to Judah, which brought the wrath of God on Judah.
Again, we see the call of God to follow after him and to seek him with all of our hearts and souls. When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment is, he replied to love God with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength. When we look at the gambit of Judean kings, some followed God with all their hearts whereas others did not. Those who followed God with all their hearts experienced his blessing and favor. Those who didn’t experienced his wrath for turning away from the God of their fathers.
The simple question is, “Why are you not seeking God with all your heart and soul?” What is holding you back from giving your all to love your God and to live for your God? Are you so self-sufficient and self-reliant that you can make it in life on your own and just use God as a safety net when you get in trouble? God is warning us that we had best follow him with all our heart and soul. There is no such thing as serving God half-heartedly. Either we love God, or we don’t. He gave his all, his one and only Son Jesus, to save us and redeem us to himself. Thus, shouldn’t we give our all for him?
Father, I’ve chosen to seek after you with all my heart and soul. I will let nothing stand in the way of me serving you: no person, no thing, or no idea. NOTHING is more important than you. I deny myself, pick up my cross daily, and follow you. Lead on; I will follow. In Jesus’ name, Amen.