Believers after God’s heart – Part 1
The point here is, anyone who seeks to be a unique believer must be a man, woman, son or daughter after God’s heart. He seeks and is pleased to have children, parents, servants and leaders whose priority is to please Him. What God wants and is looking for today are people whose hearts reflect His. Prior to the new covenant, the Scripture reveals the unique character God expects of believers who enter the Kingdom through Christ.
The purpose, prophecy, promise and plan of God concerning the believer is, “…he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them” (Zechariah 12:8). Now that this promise has been fulfilled through Christ who redeemed us from the fall of human kind into sin, we can possess the divine nature that we lost through Adam. God’s design is to reproduce Himself in the feeblest of believers. He wants His children to possess the mind of Christ, which will make them unique in lifestyle. Such people will always recognize and resolutely reject all ungodly counsels.
David’s supporters, sympathisers and servants counseled him to kill Saul. But he recognised and rejected this ungodly advice of his subordinates. Unlike David, there are so-called Christians and ministers who desire the death of their perceived enemies and rejoice when it happens. They feel that God is defending and fighting for them contrary to the Scripture that instructs us to demonstrate the grace of God by loving and doing good to our enemies.
The truth is, if anyone will be a man, woman, leader, worker or parent after God’s heart, such a believer must, like David, recognise and reject ungodly counsels. Though he was being unjustly persecuted, he still loved and called Saul his master unlike some believers who harbour hatred against their leaders because he disciplined them for sin. On another occasion when Abishai volunteered to kill Saul on David’s behalf, he still rejected it. True believers must reject a similar counsel to either do evil or allow others do it on their behalf.
David said, “Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD’S anointed, and be guiltless?” (1 Samuel 26:9). When Job suffered great loss and calamity, his wife suggested that he should curse God and die. He rejected that counsel and did not proceed to fight or divorce her as some people who seek opportunities to disobey the word of God. Irrespective of the closeness to, and usefulness of the counsellor, the believer should not hesitate to reject any counsel that is ungodly. Such a resolve to follow the Lord consistently in adversity or prosperity, sickness or health, challenges or normalcy till the end, defines a unique Christian who “walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly”.
It shows a Christian who has spiritual backbone and walk on the narrow way. He remains uncompromising because he receives counsel from God’s word and lives by it even when it conflicts with human advice. Where others waver on doctrinal truths, the true believer remains firm, steady, steadfast, solid and scriptural. Like David, he constantly prays to be delivered from the “secret counsel of the wicked”; he depends solely on the counsel of God to guide him through life, and prefers to suffer and remain righteous than get relief through ungodly counsels.
Further Reading (King James Version): 1 Samuel 13:14; 24:8-10,17; Zechariah 12:8; 1 Samuel 24:4-6; 26:7-9; Job 2:9,10; Psalms 1:1-3; 16:7,8; 64:2; 73:23,24; 1 Samuel 24:5,11; 2 Samuel 24:10; 1 John 3:20; Acts 24:16; Romans 2:15,16; 2 Corinthians 1:12; 4:2; 1 Timothy 4:1,2; Ecclesiastes 8:11; Psalm 101:5,6; Isaiah 52:1,2,7,8,11; Daniel 1:8; 2 Timothy 2:19,21,22; Acts 13:22.
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