This is how David is described many times in the Bible. 1 Samuel 13:14 and Acts 13:22 are a couple of examples. Yet, we read in 2 Samuel how David sinned with Bathsheba, got her pregnant then had her husband killed so he could marry her and cover up the incident. So, how is HE (David) a man after God’s own heart?
Simple! He was forgiven. And so am I. And so are you. God loves us in such an unconditional way, it is amazing that we forget it. We can do these horrible things, but God loves us so much He forgives us. When I think about the miracle in that, it humbles me to the pit of my stomach. It amazes me. I find it hard to forgive someone for making a statement about my hair, or my weight. But, we humans do things like murder, steal, cheat, lie and God can forgive us without even a second glance. He doesn’t think twice about it, He just does it. How amazing is that.
So, my challenge to you today is to head out into this world of brokeness, meanness and all around ugliness, and be the man or woman after God’s own heart. The cool thing about this is when you are that man or woman, you will not only be seeking God’s heart, but you will also be “Reaching the World with God’s Own Heart”. That is my mission for 2011. Will you join me?