(Lesson 1: Part 1 of 6: A Man After God’s Heart.)
Read: 1 Samuel 13:13-14 and 1 Samuel 16:1 and 13; Acts 13:22
The Lord rejected Saul because he was disobedient. God said that He would look for a man after His own heart. He found such a man among the sons of Jesse: David, the shepherd and farmer.
The Bible describes different people’s relationships with God in different ways. Moses and Abraham are called friends of God (Exodus 33:11; Isaiah41:8; James 2:23) and the prophet Elisha is called the man of God (2 Kings 4:27 and 40; 5:8 and 15; as well as 7:2 and 17).
In the New Testament, everyone who believes in Jesus is called a child of God (John 1:12), a friend of Jesus (John 15:14-15) and a Christian (Acts 11:26).
David was a man after God’s heart (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22). In Matthew 3:17, Jesus’ Father says: “This is my Son, whom I love; with him, I am well pleased.” “Man after God’s heart” and “Child close to my heart” talks specifically about the intimately personal relationship that both had with God.
How would God describe your relationship with Him? How would other people describe your relationship with God? A friend of ours described her brother with the words, “He walks on water.” Another friend described his brother-in-law with the words, “He is dangerously obedient to the Lord.” I have heard people say, “He lives before the Throne” and “She lives on the Father’s lap”. Wow! What a beautiful way to describe someone’s personal relationship with God!
Think, chat, pray and listen:
- Are you known as a child of God? Can others hear and see that you are a good friend of Jesus? Are you a Christian every day of the week – a follower of Jesus (Acts 4:13)?
- How do you think others would describe your relationship with God? Remember what Jesus said: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35).
- What does your quiet time look like? Are you making enough time to read the Bible and pray?
- If you do not have an intimately personal relationship with God, what are you going to do about it?
Keep living in a personal, relationship with God, no matter how dark your circumstances are.
† The vision of Amos Agrimin is: Living and Farming God’s Way. Pray that everyone on every farm will confess with their mouths and live their lives as a testimony that Christ is the Lord and King of their farms.
† Pray that farmers will live in an intimately personal relationship with God.
† Pray that all farmers (men and women/employers and employees) who call themselves Christians will set aside enough time for Bible study and prayer to keep living in an intimate relationship with God.
† Pray specifically for the salvation of farmers who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus.
† Pray for farmers’ relationships with the Lord.