I AM NOT A PROPHET, BUT I AM ACCOUNTABLE—March 18,2012—Mema Jeanne
Deuteronomy 18:19-20 “If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account. But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death.” (NIV)
Our 17 month old grandson, Will, has been sick with cutting molars, bronchitis, high fever, and had to be rushed to the hospital on Thurs. evening as he had experienced a Febrile Seizure with a temp. of 103.4. Needless to say, I have been with them just about round the clock, and during that time, Will has been covered in prayer for it is still a scary feeling to not know exactly what is causing that fever for 2-3 days; do you ride it out and give the meds every 2 hrs. or do you take him to a hospital where specialists can take care and determine what is going on???? This morning is much better–fever is going down. To say the least, this is where faith and trust in the Lord God comes in. It is a comfort during this time to trust and to know that God is sovereign. I trust in the Lord, and knowing His word is so important in my relationship with Him. My daughter is a Christian who is thankfully coming back to the Lord, but her husband does not know Jesus as his Savior. Yesterday, the Lord gave me the golden opportunity to witness to my SIL.
Am I a prophet as in the OT? NO!!! However, I am “someone who supports an idea or principle and tries to persuade others to support it.” (dictionary def.) My “principle” is John 14:6 : “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” I truly am accountable to “persuade” others to believe that very fact!! I am not one who predicts what will happen in the future, but I am one who knows that a future without Jesus Christ is one that is doomed and eternity will NOT be spent in heaven!! So, as I read Deut. 18: 19-20, I realized that those verses spoke to me FOR REAL yesterday.
I just pray that Greg listened to my words about His needing Jesus as his Savior and Lord because I was accountable to the Lord Jesus Christ as He used me to witness to the best of my ability in, through, and because of Him. I knew that everything I spoke about the Lord had to be what He had commanded me to say at that given time.
So, no I am not a prophet, but I am a child of God who is called to be ready to be used by Him ( thus, knowing His Word is most important to be able to use at any given time), and I know that I know that I know that He placed me in a situation where I needed to know His Word and share it with someone who is unsure about his beliefs. Greg needs to listen to God’s Word and face his options for eternity before a “false prophet” convinces him of a false life without God–an eternity in Hell!!! [His work place and this world is full of false prophets.]
Have I found joy even in Will’s sickness? Oh yes, I have!!!!!!!! The Lord is sooooo good ALL of the time. I have joy and peace in a Lord God who takes care of sick babies in His manner and takes care of daddies who need to listen to the Lord.
Joy does come in the morning,