God’s Messenger, Not Editor // Tuesday, October 14
Posted: Tuesday, October 14
2 Thessalonians 2:1-17
Verse of the day:
I have not sent these prophets, yet they run around claiming to speak for me. I have given them no message, yet they go on prophesying. (Jeremiah 23:21)
Have you ever had someone put words in your mouth? Or they twisted your words? Or they just plain lied about what you said? If so, you probably didn’t like it. In Jeremiah 23:21 God makes it clear that he feels the same way.
The prophet Jeremiah had an unpopular message to share with the Israelites. His message was that judgment was coming to Judah because of its disbelief and disobedience. The people, rather than responding with humility and repentance, largely tuned Jeremiah out and instead listened to other more palatable voices claiming to speak for God. Jeremiah’s message was unpopular, but it was authentic and it came to pass. I think this insight remains timely for today.
I recently read a quote that has been ringing loudly in my head; ‘we are called to be God’s messenger, not God’s editor’.
I don’t know about you, but I never want to misspeak for God or misrepresent Him to people. I want to be careful when sharing opinions that the opinions are simply my own and not inspired. I rarely preface statements with ‘God told me…’.
God is speaking to our world today. Let’s cling to the good news as proclaimed in the scriptures and speak it with confidence. Let’s be God’s messengers, not his editors.
Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor