Acts 13:22—God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, “I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.”
David was a murderer and an adulterer. He sinned, just like the rest of us, so why did God say that David was after His own heart?
The last sentence of Acts 13:22 is “He will do everything I want him to do.” David trusted God enough to know that even when things were difficult, He was in control. Everything David did was built on a willingness to humbly trust God in all circumstances.
In 1 Samuel 16:7 God told Samuel, “The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” When Samuel was looking for Israel’s next king, God told him to go anoint one of Jesse’s sons. Samuel, going by tradition, assumed that the oldest son was the one God had picked to be king. David, the youngest of the brothers, wasn’t even there when Samuel came by; he was out in the fields working. But God knew David’s heart was willing to trust and follow Him in all things. So against everything that was normal in that culture, David was anointed to become the king of Israel.
David trusted God when he faced Goliath as a teenager and no one else would. When he was abandoned by his men, when he was betrayed by his own son, and when he missed the mark of God’s standard, David still trusted God. James 4:6 says “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.” Even after he committed serious crimes, David showed humility before God. No matter the circumstances, David didn’t let them trump what God told him to do. Instead, his heart allowed God’s Word to actually change the circumstances.
Willingness begins with entrusting your heart to God as He fulfills His purpose through you. David was successful in his reign over Israel because he was confident in who God said he was, and trusted God’s word over his own ideas.
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” What captivates our hearts determines what grows out of our lives. What we surrender our hearts to decides the flow of our lives. When our hearts are willing to trust and obey God even when it doesn’t make sense, our lives can begin to produce fruit that will change those around us.
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