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Imperishable Beauty

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Becoming a Woman After God’s Own Heart

What was it that made David “a man after God’s own heart?” Was it a goodness that David was born with? Was it a special favor granted by God at his whim? Or perhaps, was it simply David’s desire for God and devotion to God? After all, no one is perfect so it could not have been that David was favored because he did everything right. (He certainly didn’t.) The bible tells us again and again about David’s unwavering faith in God even in the most difficult of situations, about David’s repentance in the midst of the most difficult sinful acts, and David’s desire to follow God and worship God through it all.

How then, can we become strong women in God, women “after God’s own heart?”

We can seek God continually. If you read David’s Psalms, then you can see how David turned to God in every different kind of situation. Seek God daily, through prayer or bible study or worship. Turn to God in the ups and downs of life. Choose to desire God above all else.

We can trust God, always. We can hold fast in our faith because we serve an awesome God, an all powerful, all knowing, all sovereign, everlasting God. We don’t have to worry about anything we come up against, even when what we’re up against is really bad, even when the outcome isn’t (what appears to be) in our favor, because we know that God is working all things together for good, for HIS good, and if we are HIS children we are a part of that. Sometimes bad things happen to good people but there is always a reason and the outcome is always for God’s glory.

We can ask God to forgive us, and He will always grant forgiveness in response to genuine repentance– no matter how great the sin, no matter how heavy the heart. We can trust God with that pain and that open wound because He will respond with forgiveness and open arms. Though there may be many earthly repercussions to be faced, consequences to our actions, we will not have to face them alone. And when others delight in our failures, when others throw our sin back in our face again, we can turn to God who will erase the stains of our sin from our soul and throw it away from us as far as the east is from the west. We can find redemption and renewal in the arms of Christ.

Like David, when we make God our priority, when we daily choose to desire him and devote our lives to Him, our hearts will begin to change and grow more God-minded. As our hearts grow and mature in our relationship with God we will begin to see our own desires, our own perspectives, our own hopes and ideals conform to the desires of our sovereign God. At last, we have arrived at perhaps the simplest definition of “a man after God’s own heart.” A heart “after God’s own” is just that - a heart that wants what God wants.