Sharing God's Heartbeat

“The Spirit of the Lord God is on Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’S favour and the day of vengeance of our God to comfort all who mourn and provide for those who grieve in Zion” (Isaiah 61:1-20).

I always feel challenged by this verse. How often I fall short of doing what it says!

There are so many people in the world, in this country, in our own town who are hurting; so many people who are fearful; so many people who need to know God’s love for them. This has become even more apparent since Covid reared its ugly head. Yet our Sovereign God is still in charge. He hasn’t let go of the reins. He has allowed these circumstances for a reason.

These words by Patrick Weaver caught my attention:
“When man looks at an iceberg, he just sees the part above the water. When the LORD looks at an iceberg, He sees the entire iceberg.
YOU may see a person lose their temper over a parking space. The LORD sees years of beatings with a belt, for the slightest reason.
YOU may see a lady dressed in a short skirt and a lot of makeup, and judge her negatively. The LORD sees a little girl who tried for years to get approval from her dad, and now she’s looking in the wrong places for acceptance.
YOU may see a person sitting in a bar getting drunk, and think they are a drunkard. The LORD sees a man who went to five different pastors for help with his PTSD, and none could make time for him in their busy schedule.
The LORD saw more than His disciples did when He looked at the woman at the well, or when He looked at the woman caught in adultery.
If we want to minister as Jesus ministered, we have to see as He sees. He never went by what He saw or heard from His physical eyes and ears.”

We don’t have to understand people; we just need to have and understand God’s heart for them.

All too often we just end up chatting with our own social groups. Let’s make an effort to look out for those on the periphery, those who are not being spoken to and make an effort to include them in our friendship groups.

“And he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth” (Isaiah 11:3-4).

In other words, God’s Word contains what God sees. As we take God’s Word into our hearts, we will see more and more with the eyes of our heart. That is because God’s Word is light in the spirit, and the more light we have, the more we can see. The more we can see things as God sees them, the more we can minister as Jesus ministered.

Let’s not be shy – after all Jesus gave his everything out of his love for us all. How can we not spread that love?

Diana Moss