2 Chronicles 12:14
“And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD”
Lately, the word prepare has been in my mind during my personal devotion times. When I am praying for my family, friends, or my church, the word "prepare" continues to pop up. When I am praying for myself, for God to continue to mold me and use me for His purpose, the word prepare pops up in my mind again and again.
I have been reading through the book of 2 Chronicles. The Story of Rehoboam, the king of Israel, who was the grandson of David. He inherited the throne when he was 41 years old (same age I am right now). In the beginning of his reign, his heart was sensitive to the Lord.
However, his seeking the Lord only lasted for three of the 17 years of his reign. Sound familiar? It certainly does to me. During the time I have been in the ministry, I have known many people (one of those people being me, myself, and I) who genuinely loved the Lord at one time and were excited about the things of God, yet they grew cold and abandoned the Lord and His purpose for them.
How can this be? Why does this happen? It’s because they (I) didn’t prepare their (my) heart (s) to seek the Lord. The word “prepare” means “to establish, fix, or apply.” It conveys the idea of deliberate effort over a prolonged period of time.
In an excerpt by Andrew Womack, he writes this about David and having a "fixed" heart and mind, "
"David used this word "fixed" twice in Psalm 57:7, which was a psalm he wrote about the time he was hiding in a cave, and Saul, the king who was trying to kill David, came into that exact cave. David’s men tried to get David to kill Saul and seize the throne which was rightfully his, but David wouldn’t do it. Why? Wasn’t Saul trying to kill David? Wouldn’t it have been considered self-defense? No one would have blamed him. He could have gotten away with it and have saved years of frustration and pain in his own life. But David had already prepared, or fixed, his heart that he would not take the kingdom by killing Saul."
The word “fixed” means: “1. firmly, in position; stationary 2. Not subject to change or variation; constant 3. Firmly held in the mind; a fixed notion”. One of the keys to preparing our hearts is to fix our hearts on what we will and will not do before we encounter the temptation. David had already settled what he would do so that there were no options left when the temptation came. Far too often, Christians have not made strong enough commitments and, therefore, succumb to temptation.
I love what David says in Psalm 57:7. "“My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise”
Dan Ousley - Worship Leader - StoneBridge Baptist Church