About Vicky's post. I asked if I could share it with those of you who read this blog because I believe her points to be God-inspired and important to share. I shared with her that I found them to be "powerful" and "most apropos" in this most chaotic climate that we now find ourselves both nationally and globally--even among Christians. Many Christians find themselves on opposite sides of the political divide--but see it as not only political, but spiritual and moral, as well. That greatly raises the stakes...the emotions, the debate and even (unfortunately) the divide. It seems, we still haven't learned how to "agree to disagree". We don't know how to express and discuss opinions without anger or accusation--or assumptions about the mindset of others who share a different view. I can love and respect you, and still vehemently disagree with you--and even (hopefully, be allowed to freely, without worry) express how I feel about our current issues; and the converse should also be true.
Two very important points stood out in the post: 1.) BE STILL; 2.) BE SILENT. That really settled it for me. I took that as a sign that it was time to settle down, be quiet, PRAY, and watch. There isn't a need for me to say anything else. God is in control, no matter how things appear. Now, don't get me wrong--I still engage in a lively debate with the newscasters and their guests on CNN and MSNBC, but, it's pretty harmless!
The rest of the message, I want to share to share with you (with Vicky's blessing) are these 3 bullet points:
As prophets, without clearly hearing God's voice, your cognition is limited to your current knowledge, values, and experience. Please do not box God into your angle(s), because honestly, your finite understanding cannot keep up with God's infinite agenda. So, when you think God is speaking one way in these turbulent times, there's a strong likelihood that you are wrong. Again, I caution you to take a moment of stillness and silence .
Those last two words bring me to my last point.
3. Even though many scriptures call for God to not be silent or still (Psalm 83:1), we must accept that stillness and silence are valid forms of communication between God and humanity.
I don't plan for this point to be long. I only have three scriptures that are not exhaustive to demonstrate this point.
"Be STILL, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth." ~Psalm 46:10
"Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye STILL, and see the salvation of the with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the will be with you." ~2 Chronicles 20:17
"Even fools are thought wise if they keep SILENT, and discerning if they hold their tongues." ~Proverbs 17:28, NIV
In summation, prophets are valued historically and scripturally. However, I hope this post can enlighten someone about the importance of being precise, and the detriment of not speaking accurately. Analogically, it's like taking a bowl of salt, dropping one grain of pepper, and saying that the bowl only contains salt. It may look like it's true, but it's not. Even though the content primarily contains salt, the addition of pepper changes the composition. Also, if pepper keeps getting added incrementally, it continues to alter the content of the bowl. So, to those who are prophets, please do not change the composition of God's Word and present it to us like it's God's unadulterated truth.