When someone is being drawn by the Holy Spirit to the Father's heart, it is not dictated by the circumstances and events going on around that person. Why? Because when the Holy Spirit is working on a heart He creates His own atmosphere. The Person of the Holy Spirit is an atmosphere changer.
Moses went from shepherding sheep to standing in fearful awe before a burning bush. He had to flee Egypt, he has been in the wilderness for 40 years and now he stood before God in fear. God showed up in the wilderness and changed the atmosphere from a dry desert to the challenging presence of the Most High.
Daniel was at peace in the lion's den. Facing death for praying and taking a stand for the Most High God he went from being a respected prophet to being fed with to the lions. However, God showed up and changed the atmosphere.
The three Hebrew men walked around in a fiery furnance and the fourth man showed up. The Hebrew men would not BOW to the king. The three Hebrew men would not BEND to the demands of the king nor compromise. Therefore, the three Hebrew men would not BURN because the Son showed up and changed the atmosphere within the fire. It was so changed that even their clothes were smoke free.
Jonah had his mandate, his marching orders. However he decided to fee the opposite way trying to run from his destiny and from God. Jonah went DOWN to Tarshish, DOWN in the bottom of the boat, DOWN in the sea, DOWN in the belly of the great fish, and still fulfilled the will of God. This was because of each journey DOWN God's presence changed the atmosphere to bring Jonah to his rightful place.
Stephen preached the Gospel. John the Baptist was beheaded. Jesus was nailed to a cruel cross. Now Stephen was the current problem to the religious leaders. The stones hurled in the air and found their mark against the body of Stephen. He knew death in the physical was moments away. However, while facing certain death in the physical when Stephen should have been crying out in pain God changed the atmosphere. Instead of being focused on his murderers Stephen saw the glory of God and our Lord Jesus standing in heaven. This glorious event was not while he was peacefully in his prayer closet in the safety of his house, but out in the street as he was being stoned to death.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.