Hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit allows us to feel the heart of the Father.
Sometimes we sense a burden, a heavy weight, for someone or something. Our hearts are heavy with care, and we’re not sure what to do.
That’s one of the ways God draws us into His Kingdom work.
We haven’t heard Him say anything, nor have we seen any lightning bolts; any signs from heaven.
We simply feel as though we can’t shake a certain feeling or crushing burden.
It was how God communicated with Nehemiah.
Word came to Nehemiah about the condition of his beloved Jerusalem while he was still in Susa.
“They said to me, ‘The remnant there in the province who survived the captivity are in great distress and reproach, and the wall of Jerusalem is broken down and its gates are burned with fire.’ When I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.” (Nehemiah 1:3,4 NASB)
God used that burden, and subsequent prayers, to lead Nehemiah into a Kingdom of God adventure; one that ultimately displayed God’s glory, and His care for His people.
It was the way He drew Abraham into interceding for Sodom and Gomorrah.
“Now the LORD appeared to him (Abraham) by the oaks of Mamre, while he was sitting at the tent door in the heat of the day.” (Genesis 18:1 NASB)
It wasn’t a fluke, or even a coincidence, that God appeared to His friend that day. And, if you’ll read the rest of the chapter, you’ll discover Abraham had his nephew Lot on his mind and heart, just like God did.
God didn’t HAVE to stop by and give Abraham a head’s up. He could have blasted away and all of Sodom and Gomorrah would have been toast, before Lot and his family had the opportunity to leave.
But God has NEVER been willing that anyone perish. He’s always wanted to save whoever He could.
So He met with Abraham, and, knowing His friend’s heart, drew him in to a conversation which ultimately became intercession.
That’s how He works in our lives, many times.
That person, burden, heartache, etc. we just can’t shake from our mind and heart? It could very well be Father God drawing us in to an intimate conversation about it.
We need to yield, and follow His direction.
The Father looks for those who will work with Him, allowing Him to accomplish His will in the earth.
“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him…” (2 Chronicles 16:9 NKJV)
“…but the people who know their God will display strength and take action.” (Daniel 11:32 NASB)
Burdened? Quiet your heart before the Lord and see what happens next.
It just may be a Kingdom adventure.