17. Is the following expression ‘God put it in my heart to do this or
that’ a biblical expression? Is it confirmed by the Bible?
Yes, it is, for
Nehemiah wrote: “So I came to Jerusalem, and was there three days. And I arose in the
night, I and some few men with me; neither told I any man what my God had put in my heart to do at
Jerusalem: neither was there any beast with me, save the beast that I
rode upon” (Nehemiah 2:11-12) and also: “And my God put into mine heart to gather together the nobles, and the
rulers, and the people, that they might be reckoned by genealogy. And I
found a register of the genealogy of them which came up at the first….” (Nehemiah
7:5). And Paul says about Titus, who was one of his faithful fellow-workers:
“But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of
Titus for you. For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more
forward, of his own accord he went unto you” (2 Corinthians -17).
When God puts in the heart of someone to do something, the person
feels a strong desire to do that thing, he has a strong inclination to do
that thing, thus he will feel continually prompted by God to do that
particular thing which is in the will of God for him.