Monday, January 4, 2016

A Man After God’s Heart

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

When I go to Arizona, one of my favorite things to do is to go to Tombstone and Boot Hill. Boot Hill is an old cemetery. While many of the graves are marked with only stick crosses or stones, there are some very interesting headstones.

One headstone reads:

Here lies Salty O’Tate
Hanged by mistake
He was right
We were wrong
We strung him up
And now he’s gone

Another reads:

Here lies Les Moore
4 slugs from a 44
No Les
No Moore

It’s not uncommon to read things like “Devoted Brother and Friend,” or “Loving Mother” on headstones today. But thinking ahead, what would you want someone to read etched on your tombstone? What epitaph would summarize the best part of your life?

In the book of Acts, we discover how King David was remembered. Paul preached a sermon to a Jewish group and mentioned David, a man well known to that audience. He went on to say that God removed one king and replaced him with another, David, “a man after My own heart.”

What a remarkable statement!

But what does it mean actually? Commentators wax eloquently on what it means to have a heart like David’s, but I’ve found God’s comment on it to be the best. God said, “He will do everything I want him to do!”

Simple, yet profound. Whatever God wanted of David, he was all in. The question of the day is “What about you?” What would it take for you to be called a man or woman after God’s heart? Would it require the removal of some activities or behaviors? Would it require something to be added? 

It’s the beginning of a New Year. There’s no better time to start making adjustments in your life than right now. Ask God for help. Be committed to make this epitaph the goal of your life.

After removing Saul, [God] made David their king. He testified concerning him: “I have found David son of Jesse a man after My own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” Acts 13:22

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