The boy Samuel ministered before the LORD under Eli. In those days the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” And the LORD said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle. I Samuel 3:1, 9-11 NIV
The Word of The Lord was rare–God was not speaking to many people who chose to ignore Him after they “crowned” their king so they could be ruled like other nations. But Samuel–given to God to serve Him by a mother who was grateful for the blessing of a child–was destined to speak for The Lord.
Throughout the Old Testament–we see how God removed Himself from a haughty groups of people (tribes) who forgot what He had said through other prophets and we also see the outcome. A nation without God is bound to lead to negative consequences. Under each king–the people either suffered or they prospered–depending upon the leader’s attitude towards God. Under good kings–those who remembered God’s Word–they prospered and under evil kings–the people were doomed. When God’s prophets were ignored in favor of the king’s prophets–calamity occurred every time.
Now–who is God speaking to and through today? To whom has He given a vision–that will benefit the people–warning them of the dire consequences that will fall upon them if people ignore it?
We have so many people who claim to be prophets of God and visionaries that it’s almost comical. Not one of them have prophesied anything that has come to fruition.
Before I fell asleep last night, I saw in a vision a mist covering the earth and people changing their behavior for the better. There were no arguments, no violence, and everyone treated others with respect and kindness. So, my prayer was–“Let it be, Daddy. Let it be.”
I’m not claiming to be a prophet, but that vision made me think about who God can trust to impart a vision to them. God must find us worthy to entrust us with His visions and if we attempt to move forward by our own visions–tragedy is imminent. I know–I’ve seen it happen. People claim God has given them a vision when in actuality, their vision overtakes them and they never see the end of the matter.
We don’t have to wait for a prophet to speak to us–reminding us of God’s Word–we have His Word in written format–the bible–and when we submit to Him, Holy Spirit reminds each of us what God has said and shows us those things to come–the good and the bad. Therefore, we who Believe should be trustworthy enough for God to use to build the kingdom to His glory!