Saturday, May 14, 2022

What is Found

What is Found 
By David Brenneman 

When God looks into your heart what does He find?

We read this in 1 Samuel 16:7 NASB "But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God does not see as man sees, since man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

When we read of God’s description of King David, what is said? 

Acts 13:22 NASB "After He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.’"

1 Samuel 13:14 NASB "But now your kingdom shall not endure. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has appointed him ruler over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”

"Who will do all My will". As it happens in the Gospels My is what stands out.  Just like Me does with Jesus referring to Himself. 

We come to Christ NOT to get our will to be done.  Really consider that today. 

We are to be the light of Christ Jesus in this world. What He wants, what He directs, His Will ought to be what is seen in us. 

Matthew 5:16 NASB "Your light must shine before people in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."

What is found by looking into your life?  Is it selfish ambition? Seeking health, wealth and prosperity?  Are you striving only for peace and comfort? Are you realistically a self-centered person?  Is indeed your light put under a basket?

Matthew 5:14-16 NASB "“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Your light must shine before people in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."

Do the works of your hands show Christ to the world? 

Lots of questions today and all are meant to make you look at who's really running the show in your life.  Yes family is indeed important, but has it come before God? Yes friends are important, but have they come before God?  Yes your leisure time is good to decompress and rest, but is that time spent wisely?  Is that time spent on pure selfishness that always points to self?  Yes we do have a certain amount of time we can and will spend on self however if our passion for those things supercedes our passion for our Savior then we have crossed the line from self to selfishness.  

There's a reason why the Scriptures warn us so much concerning temptation.  We can be tempted subtly or rather directly.  The chief point that Satan uses temptation for is to ensnare the heart. Think really hard on that one. He will be gentle about introducing us to various temptations in order to ensnare us and cause our hearts to wander.  His goal is to stir up by way of reminder the temporary pleasures associated with those things and to stir up our sin nature. 

His works are shown by way of example in King David in what happened between him and Uriah on account of Bathsheba. He stirred up David's sin nature and we see the result.  King David's stirring didn't start with seeing Bathsheba, it was in his staying behind when it was time to go out with his soldiers.  He was entertaining a line of selfishness and the rest is history.  

Read well in the book of Psalms about David's heart.  You are reading God's heart as well. 
Even in the decades that followed God did things in the lives of people with regard to the sake if His servant David. Regardless of that fall of his with Bathsheba God's view of David was the same. 

Is there a light to be seen in you that causes people to look to God?
Is that light within you hidden because you speak and live life pointing to things in the world?

What is found by looking into your heart?

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