Our God will always raise up for His people from your midst prophets to whom you should listen – like you heard me, Moses. Isn’t this is what you prayed for on the mountain and in the wilderness out of your fear that you would die if you came face-to-face with Him? He has heard you, and agreed: “I will give them home-grown prophets, and place My words on their tongues so that they speak to and for Me. Those who do not heed My words spoken through prophetic mouths will be held accountable by Me. Anyone who speaks as a “prophet” to anything else that you want to worship shall not be allowed to continue. Anyone with the nerve to claim to speak for Me whom I have not so commanded to do shall be no more. False prophets shall perish and their lies will go with them.”
(Retelling of Deuteronomy 18:15-20)
Some words burn and some itch, while others are sweet and fall pleasantly upon our yearning ears. I often mis-hear, and it is not only aging. Sometimes I have selective hearing, and don’t hear what I don’t want to listen to. Other times, my mind adapts what I hear into what I want to hear. Often, I’m just not paying attention!
When I preach, I wonder what others hear. I wonder if I’m saying what God wants to say through me, or if it is what I want Him to say. I wonder if I avoid needed burning or itching words in favor of sweet comforting words – or the reverse. Do I speak for God or for me?
I must trust God, and hope that the fact that I’m not dead yet is a good sign…