I hope you have been blessed by the “whole-hearted” focus in this series of articles. This week I will reveal the last four whole-hearted facets from my study. As you read this final article I pray that the closeness of your walk with our Lord grows deeper and deeper.
Turn to Me
“Turn to Me. . .” was the whole-hearted command that first caught my attention. I was studying another topic entirely and came across this quite by accident. After that, I began bumping into the phrase “with all your heart” everywhere I turned it seemed like.
This particular whole-hearted command is repeated twice, once in Deuteronomy and again in Joel
“. . . if you obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statues which are written in this Book of the Law, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.“ (Deuteronomy 30:10)
“Now therefore,” says the Lord, “Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” (Joel 2:12)
To me this sounds a lot like the first whole-hearted facet: seek the Lord. But there must be a difference, or Moses would have used the same word. So what is the difference between seeking and turning?
If you are seeking it indicates that you are looking for something that you want very much, but that you’ve never actually possessed before or that you don’t know where it is. You are on a quest as it were.