With the chilly weather creeping in of late, allow me to give you a warm blanket to keep you cozy at night: 2 Chronicles 16:9a; “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.”
[This picture of God is also repeated by Zechariah (4:10).]
Note the urgency permeating this sentence: the Lord runs! He doesn’t walk or glide around; no, He is sprinting! He is moving “to and fro.” In other words: zigging & zagging, up & down, and back & forth. We don’t have an inactive God. No, God is on the move! He is frantically searching “throughout the whole earth.” Remember: what is big to us, is little to Him and what is impossible for us, is a piece of proverbial cake to Adonai. Searching the entire planet? Child’s play.
Finally, the reason for this relentless activity is “to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” He is not doing this for Himself; He is restless for us! When we are weak, when we are struggling, when we are about to lose it – He reminds us of His great strength! (I can’t help but think of the Mighty Mouse song!)
(And now, you are singing it in your head, aren’t you? Sorry about that.)
Loyalty is important, isn’t it? Elohim is looking for loyal hearts. No one wants someone around who is disloyal; Imagine an untrustworthy employee? Or a cheating spouse? Or an unpatriotic soldier? Its sickening! And if its sickening to us, imagine how the infinitely Holy One feels?
I don’t know about you, but this verse gives me such comfort. Are you loyal to Him? Do you want a truly restful sleep tonight? Put on this blanket!