1 Samuel 13:14
“But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.”
The heart has always been what God is after. In Proverbs 23:26 God says, “My son, give me thine heart…” Why is the heart so important to God? Because of what He says in Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” God knows that if He can have your heart that He can save you from destructive decisions and actions.
Your heart is the most important thing that God needs. God knows that He can direct your life to blessings if you will let Him give you another heart. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked…” God knows that our heart left to itself will choose wicked and vile things, so when God asks for you to give Him your heart, He is saying that He wants you to give your wicked heart to Him so that He can replace it with a heart that is after Him.
It is interesting how the actions of an individual change when they have a heart given to them from God. It says about Saul in 1 Samuel 10:9, “God gave him another heart…” This resulted in the farmer preaching like a prophet, humble as he should be, and not seeking self-promotion.
The Scriptures say about some men in 1 Samuel 10:26, “…and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched.” When others were critical of Saul, the young leader, it was the band of men whose hearts God had touched that chose to follow him and help him establish his reign. These men whose hearts God had touched were not interested in critiquing the leadership style of Saul, or criticizing his decisions, but because God had touched their heart, they helped support the man of God.
God wants your heart. The key to living a successful Christian life is to give your heart to God and serve Him with all your heart. God challenged His people in 1 Samuel 12:20 to “serve the LORD with all your heart.” In verse 24, He continues by saying, “Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart.” It is when the people stopped serving God with all their heart that they strayed from God. The thing that grabbed God’s attention about David is found in the verse above when it says, “…the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart…” It is always about the heart.
God is seeking to use people who are after His heart. God will use anyone greatly who serve Him with “all” their heart. The answer to changing your life is to give God your heart. Your problem is not an anxiety problem, but your problem is a heart problem. Your problem is not an anger problem, but your problem is a heart problem. Your problem is not a lust problem, but your problem is a heart problem. Your problem is not a submission problem, but your problem is a heart problem. You can fill in the blank, your problem is not a…problem, but your problem is a heart problem.
My friend, don’t be a half-hearted believer who has closed off part of your heart to God, but give Him all of your heart. God doesn’t want part of your heart; He wants all of it. Your life issues will be resolved when you give all of your sinful and deceitful heart to God so that He can give you a heart that is after His desires.