Loyalty can be defined as constant faithfulness or devotion. Loyalty can be seen in marriages, families, friendships, churches, jobs, schools, athletic programs, workout regimes… The list could keep going. Loyalty is a character quality I cherish in my personal relationships. Most people admire and esteem people in whom strong loyalty is exhibited in some area. So it is not so surprising that God is looking for loyalty in our hearts as well.
“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth,
to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. . .”
2 Chronicles 16:9
God Desires Loyalty
I listed many ways loyalty can be expressed in our lives but God seeks people whose loyalty is to Him. God identified Himself as a jealous God in Exodus 20:5 after He gave the first three of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20: 1-17)
- You shall have no other Gods before Me. (Exodus 20:3)
- You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth, or that is in the water under the earth. (Exodus 20:4)
- You shall not bow down to them no serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God. (Exodus 20:5a)
These commandments direct God’s people to loyalty to Him.
God desires loyalty. He searches the hearts of men and women to see who is constant in faithfulness and devotion. No wonder James warned believers in Christ to stand firm and constant in faith not doubting.
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting,
for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
When loyalty to God is constantly evidenced in our lives, we have His attention. God is pleased with people whose hearts are set on Him and on believing Him.
2 Chronicles 16:9 reveals another trait that God is looking for. He is looking for weakness or needy people. He is looking for those who need His strength. Jesus said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Mark 2:17)
We live in a world that doesn’t esteem weakness and need, but our God does. Why is God looking for weakness and need? Without weakness and need we tend to be proud, strong, and self-sufficient people. Without weakness and need, loyalty to God flies out our heart’s window.
I am thankful that God is seeking those with weakness and need because I can identify with that. I want His eyes to stop on me. I want to be one that He focuses His attention on because He has found loyalty towards Him in me. I want Him to show Himself strong on my behalf. What a reward for loyalty to Him!
Are you interested in God’s unhindered gaze falling on you? Do you want to be the one He sets His attention on and says, “She’s the one. She needs me. She will be loyal to me.”? If you long for this, pray like David, a man after God’s own heart prayed.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore me to the joy of Your salvation. (Psalm 51:10-12)