America is a country desiring to know tomorrow. Palm reading, Astrology, knowing ones “sign”, and so many other techniques in understanding what may lay ahead; we can become a people consumed with tomorrow. What does the future truly hold? More importantly, how do I relate to tomorrow if I do not understand who I am today. Prophecy, being different from knowing the future, is about the edification (to encourage) of another person. To validate His Word, God has told us a few things prior to them happening. Just as though we are in a car with GPS telling us before hand in preparation, “turn left in 500 feet”. We have the luxury of either following the GPS or not. If we do not follow the GPS then the route, most of the time, will reconfigure itself to tell us what to do next or we will just ignore the instructions altogether.
Sometimes, but not all the time, we might know a quicker route thus following the digital route becomes a redundancy. We more-less program the GPS out of habit than necessity. Sometimes, in thinking we know a better route, we think we know something that we actually do not; we make ourselves look foolish because we get lost.
Prophecy, in Scripture, serves as a road map to understand God’s direction as well as intent for direction given. If we understand why God does things we are provided with a unique opportunity to learn how to not make the mistakes of our forefathers (mothers).
The Apostle Paul writes, “For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” (1 Cor. 1:19)
This is written in order to validate that sometimes we think we know something when we actually do not. What is it that we think we know? The source of wisdom! We sometimes make the mistake that we know more than God.
We think we know more than God because of how God does things backwards; or though it seems:
“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” (1 Cor. 1:18)
Preaching the cross is the same thing as glamourizing dying by lethal injection or by electric chair. As some people, today, will wear a cross on their necklace; imagine someone with an electric chair tied around their neck. Or people, making a political statement, having syringes taped to their fore-arms simulating death by injection. This idea or not acceptable nor compatible with today’s culture.
Allow us not to think of ourselves higher than we ought to think. Allow us to put Jesus back where He belongs; As King!