"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says..."
God bless you.
If most of us are honest, we'll admit that - at least starting out - we're more interested in seeing God's hand at work in our lives than His heart. It may sound harsh or even strange, but the flesh loves to make demands of God on the "work" end of things. It's true. The flesh wants "action", folks - and it wants it NOW, doesn't it?
"Do this for me, God... Do that for me, Savior... Right now, O, God... RIGHT NOW!" I'm not saying God can't act quickly on our behalf, but I am saying that, very often, that's actually the cry of the flesh in "soulish" prayers that have little or nothing to do with the humility and maturity of the Spirit of Almighty God.
So then, what's it like to seek His HEART? What does that really mean, and what elements does it entail?
I'll tell you right now, it's not about anything the flesh will enjoy... not in the least. For seeking the "heart" of our God means looking - first and foremost - to do things HIS WAY and on HIS SCHEDULE and TIME TABLE. Yep, that's right. And one of the highest forms of refinement applied to every child of God straight from His Heart is learning to wait on His will and plan in our lives. What's more, seeking Abba's heart means not "figuring out" things on our own day-to-day, but allowing Holy Spirit to lead the way and do the decision-making in every aspect of life - ESPECIALLY in transforming our mindsets, views, and belief systems. (Can't you just see the flesh cringing at these truths?!)
When we "seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness", what do you truly think that means? Well, scripture also says that God's Kingdom is not meat and drink, but "righteousness, peace, and JOY in Holy Spirit", right? Beloved, all those elements (Righteousness, Peace, Joy in Holy Spirit) are attributes of Yahweh's character. They are components of His HEART! So we are actually told directly by the scriptures what part of God we should be seeking first - not His hand, but HIS HEART! For within God's heart is the very Kingdom of God that sustains us, the character that teaches us what it is to be true children of the Father, transformed into the image of Christ Who Himself is the exact image of God. Amen!
Deny the flesh today (and every day), beloved, trusting and believing that when we first seek God's HEART, we will see His hand in everything.
HALLELUJAH! Have a blessed Palm Sunday, everyone!