GO AFTER GOD’S HEART
(Examine Your Heart With The Word)
TO THE BIBLE 1 Samuel 16:7
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
On a certain day, Samuel the prophet went to the house of Jesse to anoint one of the sons of Jesse to become king of Israel. As soon as Samuel saw Eliab, Jesse’s first son, he said, “Behold the Lord’s anointed is before Him,” and wanted to anoint Eliab to be the king. But God stopped Samuel and said, “I have refused him.” God didn’t say, “I have not chosen him”; if He had said so, that would have been rather okay, because He had the right to choose whomever He wanted to be king. However, He said, “I have rejected him,” meaning that He considered Eliab and found him unsuitable.
God must have seen something in his heart that made him unfit to be king; none of his other brothers were chosen either. David, who at the time was tending his father’s sheep, was then sent for, and as soon as he arrived, God said, “Samuel, get up and anoint him, this is he” (1 Samuel 16:6-12). What did God see in David? Why did God want him? The answer is in God’s remarkable testimony of David in Acts 13:22. He said, “…I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.” David was a man whose heart was after God. Some of his actions may not have been perfect, but his heart was perfect towards God. Your heart is so important to God; that’s where He “seeks to work. He said, “My son, give me your heart, And let your eyes observe my ways” (Proverbs 23:26).
You must watch your heart, and serve God with a perfect heart. A perfect heart is one that seeks after God, and wants to please Him always; a heart that’s after His Word. Your attitude to God and to service in His Kingdom must be inspired by, and reflect His love. Examine yourself with the Word today!”
2 Chronicles 16:9; Proverbs 4:23
Thank you Lord for giving me your Word. Your Word is the truth that sanctifies my heart and makes it perfect towards you. As I meditate on and declare your Word, it builds my character, and my life is transformed from glory to glory, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading
John 11:1-16, 2 Kings 10-12
1 Corinthians 11:30-34, Proverbs 19
Say this: “I’m after God’s heart; I seek the things that are dear to His kingdom and His Son Jesus Christ today.