What Does God Want From Us

“They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’
and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.” 
Zechariah 13:9

According to I Chronicles … “the LORD searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought.”

Knowing that how can we try to hide anything from God? How can we assume a spirit that we don’t have, like loving our neighbor when we really judge them and feel superior in some way?  Even if we fool the neighbor, other people around us and even ourselves with our attitude we certainly don’t fool God. How many times in a day do we try to fool God about our intentions at work, at home or even at church? We all do it to one extent or the other.  We find many places in the bible that speak of God’s feelings about our actions toward others and toward Him. When I read that first part of that line in I Chronicles I decided to read the whole chapter and find out what was going on.

Turns out King David was getting ready to turn his throne over to his son Solomon and I think there is something to be gleaned from the words he says to his son:

 9 “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. 10 Consider now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.” I Chronicles 28:9-10

I find this whole section very interesting. In this we can see what David as a father expected and hoped for his son. He warns his son that God expects certain things of him and that if he seeks Him he will find him and get his help. There is a dire warning there too for what can happen if he forsakes God. We also see what his Father God expected and hoped for from David’s son. It isn’t much different for us as parents and our expectations and hopes for our kids and it isn’t any different than what our Father God expects and hopes for from all of us, His children.

I read on, feeling privy to a private family matter as King David then explained to his people that his son was taking his throne, his responsibilities and the building of the house of rest for the ark of the covenant. God has explained to David why he won’t be building the house which he had in his heart to build. Then after all the family matters are done and the people have given their treasures to God for the building of the temple David says some final words which end up with these:

14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. 15 We are foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope. 16 LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you. 17 I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you. 18 LORD, the God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep these desires and thoughts in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you. 19 And give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion to keep your commands, statutes and decrees and to do everything to build the palatial structure for which I have provided.” I Chronicles 29:14-19

So in these words are answers to my question, What Does God Want From Us?  He wants us to serve Him with whole hearted devotion, a willingness to give our resources and time to Him, integrity in our attitude toward Him and others, a willing mind towards the things of God and hearts loyal to Him. He wants to be familiar with us, to call us by our individual names, call us His people and to have us call Him our God. He wants a personal relationship with each of us as our Father.

I read a very amusing way of thinking about God knowing our every thought that went like this:

“The Spirit of God dwells among the file cabinets of your mind. Truly understanding the implications of that, we would be taken by uncontrollable fear if His character were not kind, patient and forbearing. Who else could we trust with the contents of those file cabinets? Who else but someone with absolutely perfect, infinitely unconditional love? Yet we go about the pretence of having any thought squirreled away from the eyes of God.”  David Jeremiah

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