He committed all the sins his father had done before him; his heart was not full devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his forefather had been. 1 Kings 15:3
Being devoted to someone or something is to show a very high level of love for and loyalty to that someone or something. Some people are very highly devoted to some things, while not fully devoted to other things.
There are people who are so devoted to a football team, or some other sport, that they will never miss watching a game, will purchase as much as they can of their stuff and talk about them all the time. Spending money to see the team play is easy for them to do. Putting aside work, family and God is a common thing to do, in order to watch the game.
Others are devoted to their jobs, or some other hobby, or something else. Whatever they are devoted to, they put it ahead of everything else.
While many people are devoted to something, there are also a lot of things that people are not devoted to. They do their work, but are not fully devoted to it, because they will cut corners and cheat the system.
Abijah had become king of Judah and followed all the sins of his father. His heart was not fully devoted to God. He knew of God and claimed to follow God, but would not do all that God had said to do.
Not being fully devoted to God is a common problem for many believers. They love God on Sundays or when they need God’s help, but the rest of the time they live for themselves. Some may not live in horrible sinful ways, but they are still not following God. They are not sold out on obeying God in every area of their lives.
As a believer you have committed your life to God. This means you need to be fully devoted to God and His ways. Everything you do should be focused on God and His kingdom.
Do not allow yourself to turn towards sin and this world. Keep your focus on God. As your heart is fully devoted to God, you will not turn towards sin or this world. You will flee sinful acts and the evil ways of this world.
What is your heart devoted to today? Is it the temporary things of this world or God?
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your whole heart and life will be devoted to God; that you will be faithful to God; and that you will live to serve God and build His kingdom.