WHEN GOD TOUCHES YOUR HEART Andy Hollifield 2-5-19
1 Samuel 10:26 And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched.
Have you ever wondered about what it means for God to touch your heart. Oh we all say it maybe in different ways such as, “I felt lead of the Lord” or “The Lord touched my heart” and “The Lord moved on my heart” to do this, that, or the other. But what does it really mean for the Lord to touch your heart? How can you tell he has? Jesus said in John 11:25 “…I am the resurrection and the life.” One sure-fire way to know that God has “touched your heart” is found in 1 John 3:14 “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.” One way to tell is whether or not you love the brethren. I have heard it said all my life “Someone as big as God can’t move into your heart and you not know it.” I have also heard it said “If you’ve got God in your heart, it will show up on you.” You can’t hide someone as big as God.
One of the best biblical examples of God touching someone’s heart is found it Luke 10. The account told by Jesus about the good Samaritan is a prime example of how a person will act when God touches their heart. The reason I call this an account is because Jesus says, “A certain man.” To me, his use of the word “certain” makes it personal involving not only him but also four others. There was the Samaritan, the victim, the innkeeper, the priest, and the Levite. That is five people in this story aside from the thieves. Five, of course, is the number of grace in the bible. This Samaritan, by tradition, is supposed to be hated by the Jews. I am sure if the victim would have had a choice, a Samaritan wouldn’t have been his first pick for someone to help him. The priest and the Levite passed on by. This Samaritan was the one whose heart God touched. You notice it doesn’t say he had pity on him, it says he had “compassion” on him. You can have pity for someone without having compassion. Compassion comes from the heart not the mind and it also requires action. When God touched the Samaritans heart, he went against his raising and tradition, had compassion, and helped meet someone’s need. You might say that God touching your heart is not that big of a deal. If not, why did Jesus tell the story and why are we still reading it all of these years later. Just to show you what a difference God touching a heart makes; when someone helps someone in need, we often say they were being a “good Samaritan.” One act of compassion and this Samaritan has been exalted by God ever since.
Luke 7 and also John 12 give two different accounts of what someone will do when God touches their heart. In Luke, a sinner woman of the city, came to the home of Simon the Pharisee and anointed Jesus’ feet with ointment kissed them continually after washing them with her tears and drying them with her hair. John 11 says that it was Mary, the sister of Lazarus, that did it. That was truly a case of God touching her heart. The ointment she used was expensive. When God touches your heart, giving your all to please him is all that will matter to you.
One story of God touching someone’s heart is found in Exodus 2 when the daughter of Pharaoh found the basket Moses was in floating in the river. Verse 6 says that the baby wept and she had compassion on him. She knew nothing about the God of Israel but yet because of her compassion, she preserved the future leader of Israel without even knowing it. God took the tragic decree of Pharaoh concerning killing the male children and made it into a platform from which he would deliver Israel. God can take a bad situation, touch someone’s heart to do the unthinkable, and use it to bring glory to himself.
What about you? Has God touched your heart to do something that returns you nothing? Are you afraid God will put you in an unexpected position like he did the men that followed Saul? It will require some sacrifice and it may not always be comfortable. But when God touches your heart, none of those things will matter to you.
When God touches your heart, it may require you to humble yourself before him and display your humility to everyone around. It may even cost you financially. Just like Mary anointing Jesus with the spikenard. It cost her and even gave people something to talk about and some did. Some couldn’t believe she could do that and they even considered it a waste. That was because God hadn’t touched their heart like he had Mary’s.
God can even touch the heart of someone who knows nothing about him and has no interest such as the case with Pharaoh’s daughter. I can give you an even more recent example than that. In 1604-1611, King James 1 of England assembled a team of 47 scholars to translate the Old and New Testaments from the Hebrew and Greek text into the english language so the common man would have access to the scriptures. There are differing accounts as to the character of James but regardless of that or his motives, God touched his heart to authorize the translation. It is the only version that has been translated from copies of the original Greek and Hebrew texts without opinions beings inserted and scripture being revised.
There are a lot of other cases in the bible where God touched a heart and made a big impact. David stepping out facing Goliath to defend his God, and Jonathan going against Saul to befriend David. Ruth refusing to leave the side of her mother in law Naomi, and even Boaz going to the extra trouble to become Ruth’s kinsman redeemer under the law. The good report from the land of Canaan by Caleb and Joshua to the Israelites even in the face of opposition. Numbers 14:24 even says that Caleb had another spirit with him and fully followed the Lord. That spirit came from God touching his heart. Do you have another spirit and fully follow the Lord, when God touches your heart? Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!