Following God’s Choice Is The Matter Of The Heart

This blog is a continuation of my series of blogs on reading the Bible from cover-to-cover way back more than a year ago. You can see my previous reflection here: Our Ways Or God’s Ways?

And Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see him whom the Lord has chosen? There is none like him among all the people.” And all the people shouted, “Long live the king!” Then Samuel told the people the rights and duties of the kingship, and he wrote them in a book and laid it up before the Lord. Then Samuel sent all the people away, each one to his home. Saul also went to his home at Gibeah, and with him went men of valor whose hearts God had touched. But some worthless fellows said, “How can this man save us?” And they despised him and brought him no present. But he held his peace.

1 Samuel 10:24‭-‬27 ESV

Again, this passage describes the condition of man’s heart. From previous verses, God allowed the Israelites to have their own king when they demanded to have one to be like the other nations. And so, God chose Saul among them but not without resentment from some of them. We see that as humans, we tend to gravitate on our own standards of what is good and not. If things do not go our way, we will not cooperate. Submission to authority is difficult if we do not have an intimate relationship with the Source of all authorities. Our hearts will be in a wrong place.

Our hearts are wickedly deceitful, it only knows what it wants not recognizing what it eternally needs. How can we trust our or other people’s heart? We cannot! Because it is dangerous when we do, sin is just lurking around our vulnerable hearts. The only heart we can trust and must follow is God’s heart.

Sure it is easier said than done. It is the walk with Jesus which will make the ‘doing’ easier. For me, I am too far from being Christ-like and I hate myself everytime I fail to demonstrate Christ-likeness. But I have hope in Jesus that He does not only got my back or will He always beside me but He is in front of me leading me through the sanctification. He is my Great Advocate, praying for me to be after God’s heart. ♥️♥️♥️

Soli Deo Gloria!

– Rhia