After God's Own Heart Lesson 1
1. In the following passages of scripture, God’s prophets speak of a condition of the “heart”. Search the scripture for the context of each passage. What does the highlighted phrase suggest regarding those to whom it was applied in each passage? What does this imply about their relationship with God? What does the phrase “after God’s own heart” mean to you and how does this apply to Christians today?
1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the 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 ruler of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command.”
Jeremiah 3:15 Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.
2. How do the passages below affirm that God not only can, but actually does examine our hearts and is interested in our lives?
1 Kings 8:39 “…since you know their hearts (for you alone know every human heart),…”
Psalm 7:9 Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure— you, the righteous God who probes [searches] minds and hearts.
Luke 16:15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.
Isaiah 29:13 “… but their hearts are far from me.”
Romans 8:27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
3. What is taught about God’s “touch” and how it moves our hearts in the following scriptures?
1 Samuel 10:26 Saul also went to his home in Gibeah, accompanied by valiant men whose hearts God had touched.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 “… He has also set eternity in the human heart; …”
Galatians 4:6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”
4. In the song God Moves in a Mysterious Way there is a verse that says, “Deep in unfathomable mines of never failing skill, He treasures up His bright designs, and works His gracious will.” Each of the following scripture speak of God working His will in the hearts of men. What do they suggest to you?
Deuteronomy 30:6 The LORD your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.
1 Samuel 10:9 As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day.
1 Kings 10:24 The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart.
Hebrews 10:16 “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”