A Man After God’s Heart

1 Samuel 13:13-14

“How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you. Had you kept it, the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom must end, for the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart. The LORD has already
appointed him to be the leader of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command.” 1 Samuel 13:13-14

Here, Samuel is talking to King Saul.  Saul had been waiting for Samuel to come and offer the sacrifices and prayers to God before he went into battle against the Philistines. There were so many Philistines that the Hebrews were becoming frightened and many had slipped away.  To try to keep his waning forces together, Saul decided he couldn’t wait any longer,  so he decided to perform the sacrifices himself instead of waiting for Samuel.   Samuel arrived just as Saul had finished with the sacrifice and prayers. Had he waited a few more hours, Samuel would have been there, and Saul wouldn’t have disobeyed God.  Has your impatience ever led you to a really bad decision?

This decision showed that Saul didn’t measure up to the man God wanted to rule His people. Saul said God wanted a man after His own heart. In fact, He had already found such a man, and as we know now that was David. Or, is Samuel talking about Jesus? It would seem so, because we know that while the Kingdom of David followed Saul; it didn’t last forever, as Jesus’ reign will. God is still looking for a man after his own heart to rule in the world today. Does He want us all to be kings? No, there is only one King of all kings, Jesus, but He wants us to rule ourselves and our families. And in such a way that our heart is an image of His.

Today, the sermon I listened to by Tony Evans was about transformation. He said we must be transformed into images of Jesus,  and that God wanted a lot of Jesuses in the world, thinking like Jesus, acting like Jesus, and talking like Jesus would.  When I heard it, I wasn’t so sure if that fit right for the verses he was reading in 2 Corinthians 3:18, but I see it now.  How fascinating that the whole Bible has so many unifying themes. How fascinating that before I started to analyze these verses in 1 Samuel,  I didn’t connect them to Tony Evans,  but there it is.  A coincidence or a God wink?

Today, pray that you will become a man or woman after God’s own heart. Pray that you will be transformed into a an image of God coming closer and closer to his glory. Don’t become impatient and sin when salvation might be just a few hours away.  Endure all and persevere because the rewards are many.

James 1:12 God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

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