A Man After God’s Heart

Doctor Who’s Tardis is more than just an old fashioned police box! It has the unique quality of being bigger on the inside than the outside! As we look at the life of King David we see somebody who wanted to grow his inner life: ‘a man after God’s own heart’ (Acts 13:22).

When Samuel anoints David as king (1 Samuel 16) he learns a vital lesson: ‘People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at
the heart’ . What lessons can we learn from this, as we seek to be used by God?

At a difficult point in Israel’s history, when Saul’s kingship had failed, God spoke to Samuel: ‘How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel?

Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.’

God always has a plan to achieve his purposes, and he wants us to be part of them! He is always trying to communicate them to us; like Samuel, are we alert to what he telling us?

No doubt, Samuel expected choosing a king from among Jesse’s eight sons would be easy! However, it was only when the youngest was brought in from the fields that he recognised the one: ‘Rise and anoint him; this is the one.’  God uses unexpected people as part of his plan, including David and ourselves, when our heart is committed to him!

Even if we feel we have nothing to offer, he can use us in the workplace or with family and friends to make a difference for him.

Finally, we should note that David immediately returned to his flock of sheep, although the Spirit came powerfully upon him. So often God takes us back to ordinary circumstances of life to learn the skills we need to serve him, as well as proving ourselves faithful in the smaller
things before he trusts us with bigger opportunities. Whenever we’re feeling frustrated about God’s timetable don’t forget this!!

God is still looking for people to accomplish his purposes. When God looks at our heart, what does he see? Does God see a heart which is on fire for him, or are we largely indifferent to him or simply lukewarm?

Let’s make it our prayer to be ‘a man or woman after God’s own heart’.

(Paul Hardingham)

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Nathan Rebukes David

I have just been reading Samuel 12: 1-12.

This story about David from the Bible has a very important message for everyone today.

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“So the Lord sent Nathan the prophet to tell David this story. ‘There were two men in a certain town.

One was rich, and one was poor. The rich man owned a great many sheep and cattle. The poor man owned nothing but one little lamb he had bought.

He raised that little lamb, and the lamb grew up with his children. It ate from  the man’s own plate and drank from his cup.

He carried it in his arms like a baby daughter.

One day a guest arrived at the home of the rich man. But instead of killing an animal from his own flock or herd, he took the poor man’s lamb and killed it and prepared it for his guest.”

David was furious. “As surely as the Lord lives,” he vowed, “any man who would do such a thing deserves to die! He must repay four lambs to the poor man for the one he stole and for having no pity.”

Then Nathan said to David, “You are that man! The Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul. I gave you your master’s house and his wives and the kingdom of Israel and Judah.

And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more.

Why then, have you despise the word of the Lord and done this terrible deed? For you have murdered Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the Ammonites and stolen his wife.

From this time on, your family will live by the sword because you have despised me by taking Uriah’s wife to be your own.’

“This is what the Lord says: ‘because of what you have done, I will cause your own household to rebel against you. I will give your wives to another man before your very eyes, and he will go to bed with them in public view.

You did it secretly, but I’ll make this happen to you openly in the sight of all Israel.”

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Think about it and you will understand how this story is relevant in our own lives today.

Our society, sadly, has not moved on since those days of David!

 

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey