The other night I had a dream that stuck with me for two days and is with me even now as I write.
I dreamt that I was pregnant and I began having labor pains. I panicked because I was so far from the hospital. Everyone around me kept saying ‘it’s okay, these things take time, it has only started, and it will be awhile.’ But I knew that the pains were coming fast and I didn’t have enough time to get to the hospital. It was as if the baby was coming early although it appeared to be full term.
All of a sudden I could literally feel the baby coming down the birth canal. Now, when I had my only daughter, I had a C-section because she was in trouble. I have no idea what it feels like to have a baby naturally, however in my dream I could feel it coming down my body. I woke up and even after I was awake I could feel, physically, a baby coming down the birth canal. It was so odd all day long.
I was telling a friend about it and when I said ‘it felt like it wasn’t time yet’ I remembered a word that Dave Roberson had given me years ago, many years ago.
He said that God sees hearts that are hungry for him and when he sees those kind of hearts he will come into a situation and change it before it is even the appointed time.
Wow, that really struck me because it was how I felt about the baby and the dream; it was coming before it was even time yet it was full term.
I began to think about that and how Dave said that God does that for those who have a heart after him. Like King David who said ‘my heart thirsts for you, I long for you.’ That is a heart after God.
I began to wonder how many of us have a heart after God. I know many people who desperately want to see God move on their behalf. But I know very few who have a heart for God. A heart to seek God and follow him and long for him. Those are few and far between.
You know, I will be the first to say that God wants us blessed…because he does. And I will be the first to say we have an inheritance of blessings….because we do. But I also know that what God longs for is a people who have a heart after him. He longs for a people who desire to be with him more than any material item.
The Bible says that God looks for a people whom he can show himself strong on their behalf. He looks across the earth, looking for that person. I can promise you that person is a person who has a heart after God – who longs to be in his presence – who longs to spend time with him – who is more concerned when God is pleased with their worship than what he is giving them. This person is a person who God wants to show himself strong on their behalf.
I think today we need to do a heart-check and see what and who has our heart. Does your job have your heart? Does your family have your heart? Does money have your heart? Does your gift have your heart? Does lack have your heart? Nothing should have your heart but God. Yes we are to love our family and treat them well. Yes it is wonderful to love our job and do it well. Yes, God has given us gifts and that is great. But nothing besides God should have our heart. Who is your God today and do you long to be with him? It’s time for a heart- check.
Father, I thank you for loving us. Help us to love you back better. Help us to have a heart after you Lord. Remind of that all the other things, even though they may be wonderful, as irrelevant compared to you. We give you our heart today God. Today we choose to seek after you, to thirst only for you. We know when we seek you first and seek your kingdom first, you will take care of our family, our finances and our lives. For this we give you praise. We love you God and we choose to give you our heart again today Lord. This we pray, in Jesus name. Amen.