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 that it pleases Him that you want to do his will and that you offer your mouth and body members to let Him carry out his will. Still He does want you to seek his heart.
Besides prayer and searching his word to find answers, and checking with your 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?” You 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. You see someone acting in irritating ways and remember that Jesus gave his life for them so what would be his heart towards them? You mess up and have indulged in anger, greed, self-pity, lust etc. and feel self contempt and would actually be comforted if Jesus whacked you or yelled at you, but what is his heart towards you. Wouldn’t he feel sorrow and love and long to heal and empower you to save yourself from the grip of sin and self-contempt.
Above all, his heart leads to doing. 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. But surely the father’s heart would be for us to talk with him. We don’t reach out to witness because of fear of others responses. But does Jesus care about their responses to me or does he delight in my efforts and seek to use them to bless 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 take our feeble efforts and ‘save the point’ and turn to us and say “great work!”