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Posts tagged ‘God’s Own Heart’

Discerning Wisdom

Focus verses: Proverbs 2: 6-15

The wise words of Solomon are as true today as they were the day they were written down.

Here, wisdom is a prize greatly to be desired. You can get it from God, and implied is the thought from God only.

Seeking wisdom from the Lord, you can be certain that he will guard your steps so that you will not fall into bad company.

Note please, that wisdom will enter your heart. It is not just a function of the intellect, but is also a function of the emotions. When you have wisdom, you can follow what we’ve called “that gut feeling” with confidence.

Wisdom will keep your feet on the secure path. All other paths will lead to destruction and dishonor, but wisdom will keep you on the Lord’s path, walking in His ways.

Solomon asked the Lord for wisdom and was given wealth and honor and power as a result of his wisdom.

Father, God,

Grant us Your wisdom so that we may walk in Your ways and become more and more Your children.

In Jesus’ most precious name.

Undivided Heart

Focus verses: Psalm 86

David was called a man after God’s own heart. A prayer like this one will help us to know how he got that way. He asked for it.

God is quite simple. He loves us – each of us – as if there were only one of us, as if you were His only child. If we ask Him to give us this undivided heart, He will honor that prayer. But what does it mean, exactly?

It means that God is first in our hearts. It means that whatever else we love and appreciate, we do so in light of God’s love for us and His love for the other person. It means that we love God most.

God loves me. I love God. God loves you so I love you. I love you, as God loves you, because my love is only a small reflection of His love.

That love means that I seek your benefit before I seek my own. There was an old saying I learned in Sunday School. JOY equals Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last. It’s a simple formula – but it is true.

If we put God first in our lives, think of others in light of His love for them, and rest securely in His love for us, knowing that He will take care of our needs, life will be a lot more pleasant.

Father, God,

Grant us an undivided heart. Help us to respond to Your love for us, by loving all the rest of Your hurting world as you love it.

In Jesus’ most precious name.

A House Divided

Focus verses: 2 Samuel 2:1-10

Life is messy. Even when things are progressing toward fulfilling God’s plans, man generally finds a way to complicate the issue.

The nation of Israel had been divided into two nations: Israel and Judah. David was make king over Judah, but God had anointed him to be king over all Israel.

Today’s reading encompasses the seven plus years from David’s coronation in Judah to his being crowned king of Israel. The passage chronicles a civil war between the house of Saul and David. Filled with treachery murder and revenge, it seems like chaos reigns.

Even when circumstances look bad, God is in control. Our sovereign God gave man free will, so we can mess things up royally, but He will see His plans come to fruition.

David did one thing right. He sought the Lord’s counsel before undertaking any actions. He was constantly mindful of God’s authority and God’s presence. In another place, he is called a man after God’s own heart. David sought the heart of God and was content to wait until God brought about His plans.

Father, God,

Imbue us with a hunger for Your heart. Keep us seeking to know You better, to know Your will in all our lives. Grant us the patience to wait upon Your timing, to be content to let You have Your way in our lives.

In Jesus’ most precious name.