I Will Only Say What God Says
Recently I have been thinking of the many issues we have seen regarding “The Prophetic” in the church. We have had unreal expectations that Prophets will always have a “Word”, and have one about “Everything”. We have put undue pressure on prophets to “Perform” because of our own ignorance regarding how the Prophetic works and our expectations.
Truth is Prophets may not always have a “Word”. There may be times that God is silent, and when He is, Prophets should be too! But because we expect them to always be Prophesying...in many cases to satisfy us...they have been Prophelying!
I am reminded of several verses of Scripture:
“But Micaiah replied, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, I will say only what my God says.’” 2 Chronicles 18:13 NLT
“But Micaiah replied, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, I will say only what the Lord tells me to say.’” 1 Kings 22:14 NLT
“That night God came to Balaam and told him, ‘Since these men have come for you, get up and go with them. But do only what I tell you to do.’” Numbers 22:20 NLT
“Balaam told Balak, ‘Don’t you remember what I told your messengers?’ I said, ‘Even if Balak were to give me his palace filled with silver and gold, I would be powerless to do anything against the will of the Lord.’ ‘I told you that I could say only what the Lord says!’” Numbers 24: 12 & 13 NLT
I wish to draw your attention to the BOLD PRINT phrases in these verses:
I will only say what my God says.
I will only say what the Lord tells me to say.
But only do what I tell you to do.
I could only say what the Lord says.
Could it be that just maybe both some of the Prophets and some of us have forgotten these things? Is it possible that we have said God said when God didn’t say? Sadly, in many cases, I would say yes.
Our false expectations have been one issue, and Prophets yielding to the pressure to perform has been the other. Can we please get back to these Biblical Principles that are laid out in these verses?!
There is nothing wrong with saying: “I don’t have anything” if God is not speaking. But, we have thought that people will think less of us if we don’t have a “Word”. We have felt that we must justify our calling or gifting by always being “so spiritual” and “so in tune with God” that we always have a “Word”. Our own Egos have led to some of our own issues.
In the immortal words of my Italian/American friends: “If He is Not Speaking...Shut-Up-A-You-Face!”