Can I Comfort God?

I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”  Isaiah 6:8

For the past week, I’ve been wondering how much I care about the passions of God’s heart.  I am to be invested in His dreams.  He wants to advance the kingdom.  Do I support it?  He also is frustrated.  Do I listen to Him in prayer and take part in what He might be feeling?  He doesn’t want to work alone.  He has chosen me to do kingdom work.  Am I engaged with what I was created by Him to do?  He grieves when His dreams for people are shattered by sin.  Does His pain move me? 

God sent Jesus to birth many children into the kingdom.  He, collectively, calls them His church, spiritual children being re-parented to maturity.  He’s wants to communicate to leaders about what to preach, when to pray, when to correct, when to restrain.  But if they don’t listen, the effect is catastrophic.  People languish and God’s dreams are broken.  Then He grieves.

  • Last Sunday, someone needed to come to the altar to repent of his sin.  The chains on his wrists could have been broken but the pastor didn’t listen to the Spirit to make an altar call.
  • Last Sunday, a woman attended church who was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer.  God prompted someone to pray for her healing but that person was self-focused and dismissed the nudging.
  • Last Sunday, a couple was hanging onto their marriage by a thread.  They decided to file for divorce on Monday morning.  God had a saving word for them but the sermon that should have been preached was never even conceived.

While I should be heartbroken for the people who missed opportunities for no fault of their own, I should be even more saddened for the Father who dreamt of blessing His children but saw sinful humanity failing to cooperate. 

I’m asking God to help me understand, more deeply, His heart and His passion.  Perhaps it’s possible for me, and you, to comfort the heart of a grieving Father.

It’s not about what I want.  About my ministry.  It’s all about what You want and me embarking on Your dreams.  I’m here.  In Jesus’ name, Amen

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