There are some things in life we are inclined to do halfheartedly: Certain social events perhaps, a chore we have put off and must finally do, or even listening! But when it comes to dealing with the Lord, we must be whole heartedly involved, or else it counts for nothing.
We must seek him with all our hearts
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. ~ Jeremiah 29:13
Inversely if we don’t seek him with all our hearts, we will find it impossible to find him!
We must trust him with all our hearts
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6
Of course, if we could see and understand how all the difficulties would work out in life (or understand the hard question of “why?”), there would be no need for trust! But, though we cannot see or understand everything in our lives, we can trust the Lord with everything – and with all our of our beings.
We must love him with all our hearts
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. ~ Matthew 22:37-38
Of course, this is the crux of the matter – when we fail to love God with all our heart, everything falls apart. When we fail to love God with all our beings, then the worries, doubts, problems and distractions take over our hearts instead! How fickle our hearts are! (Jeremiah 17:9)
We must instead continually redirect our wayward hearts to keep seeking, keep trusting and keep loving God. And he knows our fickle hearts and helps us – he himself will be the strength of our hearts, if we will only let him.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. ~ Psalm 73:26