“God is easy to please but hard to satisfy.” George MacDonald (Often referenced alongside C.S. Lewis)
Can you imagine the size, depth and scope of the heart of God? Since we are made in his image and likeness, we get glimpses into this grandness, but I’m almost certain we cannot grasp it’s enormity. It’s like trying to imagine the ocean fitting into a paper cup (Josh Wilson quote). The ocean, even broken down into smaller segments just won’t fit. With that being said, can we please and eventually satisfy this heart?
As worshipers, we are commanded to worship him [See Psalm 96:9]. It brings delight to our hearts. The best lovers speak mind to mind and heart to heart. With both parts coming alive, great relationship occurs. If either side is diminished or forgotten then break down soon follows. When we worship, our aim is in pleasing his mind and his heart. In return, he encourages, grows or stabilizes our own hearts and minds. It’s mutual edification. Though our reward should not be our sole motivator, the benefits are still remarkable!
So what about God’s heart? The Bible does not have a certain passage that says succinctly: THIS IS GOD’S HEART. Rather, the entire text seems to be breathing in and out evidence for how we are to know God. Here are some that tell us a little about our Creator’s heart:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
There is nothing greater than laying down your life for someone else. Military families across the world who have lost loved ones know this more than I. Jesus, being allowed to die on the cross on our behalf, solidified to us that we can know the heart of God. We just have to look to the cross. It displays his heart fully and immediately every time.
After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’
David found a way to be a person after the heart of God. It was somehow a state of being for him. David made several mistakes (that are well noted in the Bible) but still kept his own heart running after the Lord’s. To know more about David’s heart for God reading the Psalms gives us an opening. Worshiping using the Psalms, maybe even more. Being around people who are after the heart of God will help us develop our skill at uncovering this mystery.
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Physically, we are built with hearts. While it is true that God is a spirit, I would imagine that verse 27 didn’t just include our spirits, but rather could be said that spirit equals soul. Our soul defines as our mind, will and emotions. If we are made in the image of God then we can look inward to know more about him by developing our mind, will and emotions into something strong and educated. In doing so we know more and more, piece by piece what the heart of God looks like.
To put all of these scriptures into one context, go back to the part above about how the Bible is 66 individual books written by multiple writers for multiple purposes but all seem to tell one big story. The story is how God made a plan to show his heart to his people. Abraham received the promise. Moses walked out the promise. The prophets foreshadowed the promise of Jesus’ coming. Jesus came, died and rose again, showing us the promised way to the Father. The apostles, post-ressurection, testified to what they saw in that promise. You and I have the awesome responsibility to recognize all that’s gone before and search out the heart of God. It’s a part of our present day promise. All of those written before this (except for Jesus) did not have the pleasure of being able to read a canonized version of the Bible that reads story to story about God’s heart. Sure, they played a role in these stories, but we are at much advantage to be able to see a greater picture. The heart of God is much bigger than expected.
So, why chase after the heart of God at all? The answer lies simply in the fact that we can’t worship one we don’t know. To know someone is to know their heart. To know what they like and don’t like. To know someone at the deepest level is to die for them. Chasing after the heart of God makes our lives complete. It’s awesome and impressive yet at the same time daunting and exhilarating.
In your years of finding the heart of God, what have you stumbled upon that has changed your perspective? How have you encouraged your teams to pursuit him? What is most difficult? What comes naturally? Private message or leave a comment.