I learned a long time ago that a perfect heart is not one that is sinless, for there’s none that is without sin. A perfect heart is one that follows hard after God. Regardless of how many times he falls down, he picks himself up and chases after God.
He’s life’s ambition is God. He’s desire is God. He never relents, never gives up, but presses onward, for nothing else will do, nothing under heaven or under the earth would ever beat the wild and exhilarating adventure of knowing God. That’s exactly why God referred to King David as a man after His own heart.
We all know the king orchestrated the death of a man under his command in order to have the man’s wife, for she was the object of his lust. In the face of human judgment, David wouldn’t stand a chance. He’d be measured and found wanting. Who would overlook what he did and put it behind as if it never happened? Who among men would look beyond the weakness of this king and justify him anyway? Who?
For now I wouldn’t try searching for that incredibly merciful individual, not because I have turned into a cynical bastard who has no faith in humanity, but because I don’t really have to for the purpose of what I am trying to say.
So, regardless of what people think or say about us, it is God’s commendation, understanding and mercy that matters above all. I don’t mean we shouldn’t care about what people think. I’d be the first to tell you how seriously I value the opinions of my loved ones and people I respect. All I am saying is that at the very end, it is only what God thinks that matters and only Him would we be answerable to.
I know how scary that might sound, but it needn’t be. For the truth is God is so cool with us. Yes, He is a God of justice, but above that, He is also the God who is Love. There is also the question of God’s wrath but His terribleness isn’t meant for us who are His own. He’d discipline us, yes, but not blow us to pieces. And as for Judgment Day, people would suffer not because God hates them but because they rejected His Love and Grace. For under His love and grace is where our covering lies. And under that umbrella is the heart and fellowship of an understanding Father.
God is not after squashing us. He is a Father who loves us and wants to have a relationship with us, and in that relationship give us the inspiration to succeed as Christians. In becoming like Christ, He’s got our back. What we must never forget is that He understands our weaknesses and only demands of us that we put passion and dedication into our fight of faith – that very process of becoming more and more like Christ. For to Him we are much like babies learning to walk.
I remember watching my little niece learn how to walk. As a family, we couldn’t wait to see her take her first step forward. Before that, she couldn’t even stand for a couple of seconds. But we never stopped believing. Her determination wouldn’t let us, even if we wanted to. For in spite of the many, many times she fell and cried, she always got up and tried again. So, as we supported and cheered her on, I am sure we all envisioned how she’d one day walk competently, even though we dreaded the havoc she’d wreak around the house when that happens.
In the same way, God is rooting for us. He wants us to excel and He has no doubt about us, and what is more, He doesn’t leave us alone. He has given us the grace to be all that we can be through His Holy Spirit, His Word, His favor, and every other aid His able hands provide. The book of Habakkuk 3:19 puts it quite nicely: “The Sovereign Lord is my strength, He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, and He enables me to go on the heights.”
Isn’t that awesome? You are not without help, and not just any kind of help, but one given by the Sovereign Lord Himself. I would like to say that there is no limitation to what we can achieve as long as the Big Man is in the picture. We might stumble a thousand times but God will always be there to help us. We only have to keep going no matter what, forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, Christ, our hope of glory. And by doing this, by being strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, may God always say of us, as He said of David, “You are my own child, after my own heart.”