“And Nathan said to David, “Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you.”
(1st Chronicles 17:2)
Imagine having such an intimate relationship with God that you’d know exactly what to do… for He was with you. David was known as a man after God’s heart, this is why David could place confidence in the matters that were on his own heart.
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7)
The verse above has troubled me at times. I don’t want to be that man as reflected by the thoughts of my heart. Just today I found myself trying to invoke jealousy in my wife because of an innocent compliment given to me by a female co-worker. The complement was nothing sexual or even anything inappropriate, it was silly, but in some way for a few moments I resorted to thinking maybe I could work it for my own selfish gain.
It was not until coming upstairs to write this blog post that the Spirit convicted me of the matter. In my mind it was just joking around, yet sinisterly strategizing that somehow maybe she’d desire to be closer to me if a bit of jealously was invoked. How shallow… how carnally minded can I be? Yet, somehow I doubt I’m the first man reading this that ever attempted such a sordid strategy. Sadly, It’s just easier to attempt such a thing than to do that which a woman really wants from a man.
“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him…” (2nd Chronicles 16:9)
A woman really wants a man with a heart that is fully committed to the Lord. This kind of man is irresistible to his wife. This man is a servant leader, humble, exhibits integrity, honorable, disciplined, gentle, teachable, patient, slow to anger, kind and loving. A man that romances his wife as opposed to manipulating. It is this kind of man that experiences what it really means to be desired, loved, and respected by a woman… his gift from God… his wife.
“For I delight in your commands because I love them. I lift up my hands to your commands, which I love, and I meditate on your decrees.” (Psalm 119:47-48)
David wrote the above Psalm verse. He was a man who loved God’s commands. He was a man who meditated on God’s decrees. David was far from a perfect man, but he was after God’s heart so passionately that he was told to do the things that were on his heart because God was with him. What is on your heart? Does God desire that which you do, or desire to do? We can not know the answer to this question unless we too are after God’s heart. God desires us to be that kind of man…. A man after His heart…. So He is on our Heart. Be that man!
Blessed is Best!!
Shared by Chad Hellenthal