We all know that our heart is one of the most important parts of our body. In fact, we couldn’t live without our heart because our heart is what circulates the blood to all the parts of our body. How often do we hear about people having trouble with their hearts and in need of heart surgery? Not only does God think our heart is important for our physical bodies to function on this earth but He also looks at our heart condition –meaning our inward man.
Saul was the 1st King of Israel. That wasn’t Gods way but the people insisted that they have a king like other nations. Up until then God ruled as their king. They consulted Samuel and Samuel spoke to them on behalf of God. Saul disobeyed God
13 “How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. Had you kept it, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. 14 But now your kingdom must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart. The Lord has already appointed him to be the leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.” 1 Samuel 13:13-15
Saul could’ve had his kingdom established over Israel forever BUT He didn’t align his will with the will of God. He disobeyed God because he thought his own way was better. Instead of following the Lords command in full, Saul followed the parts that he thought applied and then disregarding parts that he thought better of.
In choosing the 2nd king of Israel God told Samuel in
1 Sam 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
God knew David’s heart. His heart was right with God and God knew He could trust David. So, how’s your heart? Does God know He can count on you to obey Him and do those things that He has given you to do?
God said that He doesn’t look at our outward appearance, He looks on our heart. How many times have we been guilty of making sure our appearance is polished and well groomed while our insides are filthy and hurting? We have to change from the inside out not from the outside in. We can change our appearance, our lifestyle, our friends and our hangouts but if our heart doesn’t change –we’ve done it all in vain. Jesus did not condone hypocrisy especially in the church. The teachers of the Word were filled with hypocrisy. They could look good on the outside and could tell you all the right words and they knew the law and the scriptures but they weren’t applying their knowledge. The word was not a revelation to them it was a way to break down others to elevate themselves above the rest. To make others feel unrighteous and to impose on them regulations that they themselves weren’t following.
Jesus criticized the religious leaders for this Luke 11:39-40
Then the Lord said to him, “You Pharisees are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and wickedness! Fools! Didn’t God make the inside as well as the outside?
And again in Matt 23:25-28
“What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and self-indulgence! You blind Pharisee! First wash the inside of the cup and the dish, and then the outside will become clean, too. “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity. Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness.
What does God see when He looks at our hearts? So How’s your heart?