Have you ever considered what God looks for in us? In the book of 1Samuel we read the story of Saul being taken from power by God for his disobedience. He did not do as God instructed and God gave the ‘kingship’ to another. Saul still remained in power but the future reign of his descendants was ended. The prophet Samuel was instructed to go and anoint the new one chosen by God to lead His people. Samuel did not know it was the young shepherd David that was to be chosen. He went to see the sons of Jesse and started with the oldest son. He was given these instructions. “But he LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. 1Samuel 16:7
What does God see when He looks at your heart? Scripture tells us the ‘heart’ holds many things and reveals our true intent. The heart is: where you store those things you treasure Matthew 6:21, the source of evil thoughts Matthew 15:19-20, the place forgiveness starts Matthew 18:35, the place love for God and man begins Matthew 22:37-38, the home of belief Romans 10:9, the place where we hold our anguish and pain 2Corinthians 2:4, the home of purity 1Timothy 1:5, 2Timothoy 2:22, the center of all our thoughts and attitudes Hebrews 4:12, the place of obedience Psalm 119:34, and a place that is known by God Psalm 139:23-24. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Which of these heart places do you need to offer to God today with thanksgiving? Which of these places do you need to ask for forgiveness and healing ?
Prayer: Lord, create in me a clean and pure heart that stands in faith, love and obedience for You. Give me a heart for others that is full of forgiveness, and love. Take away the evil thoughts, pain and anguish I feel and replace it with your ways. Lead me into your way everlasting. Amen.
Wanting a heart for God,