HEART AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART#1

1 Samuel 2:35 And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine HEART and in my MIND

1 Samuel 13:14 the Lord hath sought him a man after his own HEART.

2 Samuel 7:21 For thy word’s sake, and according to thine own HEART, hast thou done all these great things.

God’s heart loves to act. He made the world and populated it, he did he does and he will do. In these verses we see that he raises up people to do what is in his heart and mind. He sought a man after his own heart. He acts for his own word’s sake, according to his own heart.

Don’t you sometimes wish that God would fill you in on what he was thinking in his heart? It would make it easier to obey. I think he does want me to seek his heart. How?

Well there’s prayer and searching his word to find answers, and checking with my pastor and fellow servants of God; it is helpful to ask that popular question, “what would Jesus do?” or perhaps, “what would Jesus heart be desiring in this situation?” I see someone hungry and think that Jesus would feed them, true, but what would his heart want. Perhaps to go beyond and comfort them and help them know how much Jesus loves them. I see someone acting in irritating ways and remember that Jesus gave his life for them so what would be his heart towards them? I mess up and have indulged in anger, greed, self-pity, lust etc. and feel self contempt and would actually be comforted if Jesus whacked me or yelled at me, but is that his heart towards me? Wouldn’t he feel sorrow and love and long to heal and empower me to save myself from the grip of sin and self-contempt?

Above all, his heart leads to him doing and having me do. As a good earthly parent I always delighted in the imperfect efforts of my children and patiently worked with them to deal with their rebellious fits. If I being evil know how to be good to my children; how much more my father in heaven! He delights in my trying, even if imperfect, and when I get off track he loves to help me get back on track and try again. I know so many people who won’t try to pray in public because they might not do it perfectly. Surely the father’s heart would be for them to talk with him. I struggle to reach out to witness because of fear of their responses. I need his heart to think about the needs of the other.

I used to have a lady in my church who had crippled hands but still tried to play volley ball at the school we met in for church. She would stand near the net and whack the ball over and that was all she could do. I used to be a good volleyball player and so I would make sure we kept the point so that I could turn to her and say,”great you got us a point” I think that it is Jesus’ heart to get me to do and then he takes my feeble efforts and ‘saves the point’ and turn to me to say “great work!”