The Heart

God has a lot to say about how big our hearts are. In fact the bible says that the condition of your heart will determine just how good your life is going to be.  

Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. 

It really means  the “borders” of your life.  Just how far will your life go? Depends on your heart. Just how good will your relationships be? Depends on your heart. How much good influence will you have with your children? Depends on your heart. The new testament says it like this.  

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.

Your life is going to be about as good as your soul (your mind, will, and emotions) is .  No better.  Have you ever met someone who is bitter all the time? You go visit them and find that bitterness has spread in their home. Other have it too. Your heart's condition affects everything.

King David was called to be the king of Isreal when his predecessor King Saul had been disobedient towards God. God told the prophet Samuel to go to a man’s  house and have all his sons come out and He would chose one to be the next king. When the oldest son, Eliab, was presented, the prophet thought, “This is the guy! He must have had all the right things; first born with natural leadership abilities, he's strong, smart...Yeah, this must be the guy," Samuel thought. But God made a profound statement about the future king, and also about the heart of man.

1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."

When David, the runt of the family who was not even invited to this event,  is finally brought before Samuel, God chooses him as the next king. 

God looks at the heart.  What did God see in David’s heart? In Eliab's heart? We will look at that in our next post.