God and the Heart

When Saul was anointed king, he did not particularly want the job. When Samuel told him what was to come, we have nothing that makes us think that this appealed to Saul. In truth, we see nothing of Saul’s response to Samuel’s prophecy. But, when Saul turned to leave Samuel, God did something that we need to see.

1 Samuel 10:9 – When he turned his back to leave Samuel, God gave him another heart. And all these signs came to pass that day.

God gave Saul a new heart. God, by the supernatural power of God, for the all-important glory of God, based on the perfect plans of God, took action on the heart of Saul. God reached into Saul and changed him. God gave Saul a desire. God did not go against Saul’s will. God seems to have changed Saul’s will so that it would align with the plans and purposes and glory of God.

Does this offend you? Does the concept of God moving your heart so that your desires match his own bother you? I hope not, as this is something that God does with his people. The Lord gives new hearts, new desires, new obedience to whom he chooses.

Here is the truth that Christians need to grasp: God works on the heart, from the inside, in ways that we cannot imagine. God changes human hearts. If the Lord did not do this, all humans, every last one of us, would oppose him because of the stain of sin passed down to us from Adam We would oppose God because of our own self-destructive rebellion. WE would oppose God because of the deceptive work of the devil. But if we do not oppose God, this is because God has given spiritual life to a spiritually dead soul, giving a new heart to a person the Father has given to the Son.

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