A MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART

Scripture Reading: I Samuel 13:8-12

“But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought out a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be prince over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.” (I Samuel 13:14)

Saul failed to be a man after God’s own heart. But David is later described as this kind of man — “I have found David the Son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do my will” (Acts 13:22). What does such a person look like? We can learn from Saul, David, and the greater David, Jesus Christ.

First, a man (woman) after God’s own heart acknowledges the will of God as supreme in his (her) life. Our Lord Jesus demonstrated this. Remember His prayer in Gethsemane — “Not My will, but Thine be done.” Our desire should always be what God’s wants for us. We should seek His will in everything we do.

Second, a man (woman) after God’s own heart seeks to be obedient to the Word of God. Saul failed to obey God (13:14) and he suffered consequences — “But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought out a man after His own heart.” David is described as a man who will do God’s will –“I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do My will” (Acts 13:22). With the help of the Holy Spirit, we should seek to be obedient to all that God has revealed in His Word. Obedience flows from our love for Christ — “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15).

Third, a man (woman) after God’s own heart is devoted to honor and to love God from the heart. We are to love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our strength and with all our mind (Luke 10:27). We are to be deeply in love with Jesus.

Fourth, a man (woman) after God’s own heart realizes that he (she) is dependent on God for success. Saul depended upon himself, his abilities and power. David was different. He trusted the Lord for he knew that the Lord was his rock and fortress.

Heavenly Father, I want to be a man after Your own heart. I know I fail miserably at times, but my desire is to put You first in my life. Give me the desire and the power to obey Your Word and to honor and love You with all my heart. I know how dependent I am upon You. Let me seek after Your heart above all else.

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