I cannot speak for you and tell you about what you see and hear today but I can tell you about what I hear and see today. I hear a lot of heart talk. I hear “He has such a good heart,” or, “She has such a good heart,” while the “good-hearted” people they are talking about is living continually every day in sin.
I hear repeatedly, “He or she is not hurting anyone, he or she cares so much about people, and his or her community. God knows they have a good heart.” At the same time, this person is living day to day in sin and appears to be ignoring God, their faith, and not discussing their devotion and passion for God. They appear not to be living out His Word in their own lives.
Through all this “good hearted” talk I was hearing it lead me to ask my Heavenly Father what He calls a good heart, and what is He looking for in a heart. Our Heavenly Father talks about our heart and His heart all the time throughout His word and we do too on this earth whether we are believers or non-believers. We all have a heart we use and talk about.
He truly says throughout His Word for us to love Him with all our hearts. Him, not ourselves, or people, but Him. We see some of his children throughout His word that sought after Him wholeheartedly, and they received more than a full portion of His provision spiritually, physically, intellectually, and emotionally. We also see throughout His Word many who “halfheartedly” sought after Him did not receive all they could have from Him. They worshiped and praised Him but still had some other "gods" or idols they did not get rid of.
What did, and does God still look for in a human being’s heart? He tells us what kind of heart he is looking for in a Priest and a King. Samuel tells King Saul his kingdom will not endure because he had forsaken the Lord’s commands. He told Saul God has picked another King to carry out His plan as King and God tells us why through the book of 1 Samuel.
1 Samuel 2:35 I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind. I will firmly establish his house, and he will mister before my anointed one always.
We know Christ is the only Priest God anoints for eternity, and through Him He anoints everyone who believes in Him. We all become a member of the royal Priest Hood through Him. ( 1 Peter 2:9) He is the only Priest who fully knew God’s heart and mind being of the same heart and mind of His Heavenly Father, and through Him by His Given Spirit we are given His mind and heart.
1 Samuel 13:14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’S command.
We also know Jesus Christ fulfilled a true and pure heart seeking His Heavenly Father’s heart as King, more than David could. He was King of kings. We have a better fulfillment in Christ being that person after God’s heart than David had. David was a human being born of a woman that had a human heart that tried it’s best to seek God’s own heart, but through Christ we can fulfill being that person God is seeking more than David ever could.
David was not a man that sought to fill his own heart with his accomplishments, with his understanding, his goodness, his works, his own faith in himself to be who God wanted Him to be. David was a man that sought out to please God’s heart.
When God told Him to repent, David repented with all his heart, when God told Him to fight He fought with all His heart for God, when God told David to worship, David worshiped God with all His heart. When God told David to pray, David prayed with His whole heart.
That is why God promised Him through His line of lineage our Savior would be born!
What is God looking for on earth when He is in Heaven? Is He looking for people willing to help people? Is He looking for people who praise other people and lift their hearts up? Is He looking for people who are seeking to please others and understand others?
Psalm 14:2-3 The LORD looks down from Heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, and who seek God. All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.
At the time this Psalm was written no one was seeking God. No prophets were sent, and no one understood God at all. All had turned aside, they had come together corrupt, there was no one good, not even one. No one was calling on the Lord or seeking His presence.
In Romans Paul states the same thing. There had been no Prophets in 400 years that were anointed by the Spirit of God before John the Baptist. Approximately 400 years separated the time of Nehemiah from the birth of Jesus Christ. Some people call it the “silent” years.
Romans 3:9 What shall we conclude then? Are we any better? (worse) Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin. As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one there is none who understands, no one who seeks God.
With all this written through God’s Word speaking to all of us what kind of heart is God seeking and what kind of heart does He describe as a good heart? The only heart that is good and the only heart that truly is seeking God is what God calls a good heart.
He does not call a good heart that glorifies man, that glorifies their good works, or their goodness, ways and wisdom. He does not call a good heart one that loves people or things above Him making themselves a god or any other object their idol to worship and praise.
He does not call a good heart one that loves the world and conforms to the world. He does not call a good heart one that loves living their own way and the puts the pleasures of this world above Him. He does not call a good heart a heart that ignores Him and His Word and continually lives in sin. He does not call a good heart that twist His Words to suit their own lifestyle and needs. Where can we find a heart like that when no one is good not even one? Who can understand God?
We can’t within ourselves but through His Son and the Cross we have been given a new heart, and new Spirit and a renewed mind when we surrender all of heart, soul, mind and body to Him!
Ezekiel 38:25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all of your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new Spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.
Those are the children God looks down from Heaven to see, they are the ones that understand Him, and are seeking His heart because they have been given His through the Holy Spirit of His Son by way of the Cross. Those are His reborn children and He is their God, Lord, and Heavenly Father.
Are you willing to surrender all your heart, soul, mind and body to Him so you can have His. He tells us His heart is the only heart that is good, and when you receive His heart you know He is telling the truth!