Chapter 6 – Part 1
“Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet. because thou didst rely on the Lord, He delivered them into thine hand. For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him….” 2 Corinthians 16:8,9
We have here the same three thoughts we had in God’s Word to Abraham. There, it was the command to be perfect in connection with faith in God’s Power and a walk in His presence. Here, the perfect heart is spoken of as the condition of the experience of God’s power, and as that which His eyes seek and approve in those who walk before Him. The words teach us the great lesson of the value of the perfect heart in His sight. It is the one thing He longs for. “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth” to find such. The Father seeks such to worship Him. And when He finds them, He shows Himself strong in their behalf. It is the one thing that marks the soul as having the capacity of receiving and showing forth to God’s glory, His strength.
The context proves that the chief mark of the perfect heart is trust in God.
“Because thou didst rely on the Lord, He delivered them into thine hand. For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro the earth to show Himself strong in behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him.”
The essence of faith is this: it gives God His place and glory as God; it allows Him free room to work, relying on Him alone; it lets God be God. In such faith or reliance, the heart proves itself perfect toward God. With no other object of confidence or desire, the heart and soul depend on none but Him. As the eyes of God go to and fro throughout the world, wherever He discovers such a man, He delights to prove Himself strong to him. He desires to work for him or in him, as the case may be, according to the riches of the glory of His power.
Previously God Gives A Perfect Heart – Part 2