Undivided Hearts

imageThe concept or truth of fearing God can be a difficult one to grasp and understand…

One that I am still learning:)

But in Genesis 22:12, I have found one of the clues that unravels a part of the mystery behind the words…

Fear God.

In these verses, God tells Abraham,”Now I know that you fear God because you have not withheld your son from me.”

Not withheld.

To not hold back and try to keep safe and protect.

To not hold back and keep for myself.

Ouch!  That hurts:)

It can be hard to not withhold when what is being asked if me goes contrary to my understanding or my plans.

I can see why in Psalm 86:11, David prays for an undivided heart that he may fear God.

An undivided heart is a heart that so fully trusts the direction God is teaching me to go, along with the provisions and promises He gives that I don’t think I need to and so I choose to not protect and keep safe aspects of my life from the hand of God.

In fact, when I fear God I will do the opposite…

I will not withhold.

“Teach me your way Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart that I may fear your name.”  Psalm 86:11