‘One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions. ‘ Mark 12:28-34 https://www.bible.com/bible/111/MRK.12.28-34
A person after God’s own heart? You’re probably like first off I did not know God had a heart. What does it mean to be after? God feels just like we do. We are in fact designed after Him. Not everything about us is not of God. Sin has changed us in many ways, but it’s quite clear we were made in His image. But that is not what this is about, it’s about becoming that person after God’s heart. The best example for that is King David.
I do not know if you ever read Samuel, but you probably heard about how much he loved God. See the people demanded a king, even though God was supposed to be their king. He even warns them that your kings will lead you astray (which does happen if you read all the books after Samuel). Even though this probably should have been a no from God, sometimes He does give us things we don’t need. It’s not out of spite or evil, but have you ever met a small child who demands something, you love that small child, and the only way to satisfy them is to give it to them, but you know there is a lesson about to be learned? This This is exactly what is happening. Up until this point, God used judges to keep them in order, but He gives in and gives them Saul.
Saul, what can I say about Saul? I don’t have to say much, it’s all in Samuel 1. He was stubborn and impatient with God. He sought the glory of the people. His heart in an essence was not after God’s heart. God dethroned him for David. David had many flaws, something we will talk about later, but he sought after God’s love. He spoke to Him constantly. He wanted God to be proud of him, the way you want your parents to be proud of you. The idea of disappointing God hurt and disappointed David. David does disappoint God, but it’s a blow to him once he realizes what he’s done.
Are you chasing after God’s heart? If not, it’s never too late to start. God wants us to chase after Him the way He chases after us. He does not force us to love Him back, but He desires us to. You might not know where to start or that it’s even possible to love God back, but you can. Just open up your mouth. The Bible says we must ask for what we want. This is a prayer that He always says yes to. Pray this for me.
Father, you love me more than I can comprehend or deserve, but you love me anyway. It’s time I love you back, but I am not sure if I am even capable. I want to chase after your heart like David. Father place that desire in my heart and let it grow. Let it become like a fever within me and that I fall for you every day of my life.
In Yeshua (Jesus) Name I pray, Amen