Each and everyone of us have desires in our lives. Some are good desires and some not so good. I desire to reflect God’s love, sometimes I am successful, and other times I fail miserably. I want to become better, more successful in my Christian witness. I would like to be known as a woman after God’s own heart. And I know that I have a very long, long way to go to get there.
Fortunately, I know of a person who can serve as my role model – David, one of the biggest heroes in the Old Testament. He’s the one who is described in 1 Samuel 13:14 as a man after God’s heart. So if I want to become a woman after God’s own heart, I can look at the life of David. In Acts 13:22 we learn exactly what made David so special and what key trait he had that made him a man after God’s own heart: “…David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.”
Now what traits did David have to which I can aspire?
- David was in harmony with the Lord, therefore I must stay close to Him so I can be in harmony with Him.
- David kept God first, therefore I must always look to God before anyone else.
- David had absolute faith in the Lord, therefore I must always walk in faith.
- David was aware that God had control of his life, therefore I must let God be in control.
- David let God handle his adversarial relationships, therefore I must step out of the way and not take things in my own hands when I face an adversary.
- David believed God’s promises and trusted God to bring them about, therefore I must learn to wait patiently and trust that God will do what He says that He will do.
- David loved God’s Word, therefore I must continue to immerse myself in God’s Word daily.
- David dwelled on God, therefore I must have my mind on my relationship with God.
- David consulted God before he acted, therefore I must always seek out God’s will for the situations I face.
- David was thankful, therefore I must always thank God for each and every circumstance that I face.
- David was teachable, therefore I must recognize, and be receptive to, the ways that God is teaching and molding me.
- David listened for God’s voice, therefore I need to take the time to be quiet so I can hear what God is telling me.
- David was repentant, therefore I need to examine my motives and confess my sins to God.
- David extended grace, therefore I must extend grace to others when they’ve wronged me.
- David did God’s will, therefore I must seek out God’s will for my life, and His will for each situation that I face.
- David gave all the glory to God, therefore I need to give God all the credit for his blessings.