Prophet of the Lord

Jehoshaphat is with Ahab and they are determining whether to go to war with Aram. The prophets of Baal has decided that this is the right course of action and it will end in success.  Jehoshaphat wants to know if there is a prophet of the Lord that could inquire from God whether or not to go to war.

If one is hoping for the truth, the Lord will provide it.  If one is looking for understanding, the Lord will provide it.  If one is looking for clarity, the Lord will provide it.  The word of the Lord is hope because it is living, true and crystal clear.

Poor Micaiah, he delivers such a message and is detained in prison as a result.  All the prophets of God in these days seem to meet that same fate of being put into a position of no value even though they are speaking about true hope.  Ezekiel and Jeremiah would face the same in the next generation of prophets.

Somewhere around 600 B.C. Jeremiah would be dealing with those in Jerusalem while Ezekiel, having already been deported, was in Babylonia.

Ezekiel was already being called by the Lord to give hope to the captives souls.  Even though he had prophesied the fall of Jerusalem and when the news hit the exiles they realized  the reality of those words – Ezekiel was called to cast a beam of light on another part of their future known only to God – they were messages of hope.

 God used the metaphor of Himself being a compassionate shepherd looking after the wandering individual as well as His scattered people.  Interesting that this was a backdrop for the references Jesus made to Israel as lost sheep and to Himself as the Good Shepherd. These were the messages of hope Ezekiel gave. 

O hope of Israel! O Lord!
    All who forsake you shall be put to shame;
those who turn away from you[a] shall be recorded in the underworld,[b]
    for they have forsaken the fountain of living water, the Lord. – Jeremiah 17:13

Jeremiah says it even more clearly.

In English a “Jeremiah” is a person given to woeful complaining but, in fact, for all the denunciations of his people, Jeremiah sounds a note of encouragement and of hope. 

If you are looking for direction, an honest assessment of right and wrong, clear direction and instruction, put your hope in the Word of the Lord.  It will always direct your path and fill you with hope.

But Jehoshaphat said, “Is there no other prophet of the Lord here of whom we may inquire?” – 1 Kings 22:7

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Put your hope in God

Hope and confidence regardless of the present circumstances because of our respect for the future – God is my health and my salvation. 

 Biblical hope doesn’t deny the pain of the present. Nor is it wishful thinking. Rather, true hope is “in God,” in the one god who is fully and finally reliable.

In our blue moments, we wait for God who is working out our purposes.

God is the only one who is perfectly capable and faithful to do the right thing every time. 

Psalm 43 identifies a lists of hope in its first four verses –

  1. God’s power to deliver – He is faithful and will continue to walk with us
  2. God’s presence and protection – His being our fortress of truth
  3. God’s direction – the Word gives us the answers that we need 
  4. God as our joy – Joy in Him and His Word and we will experience hope even in hopeless situations

My hope is in God. Even though I don‘t feel like it. Even though I don‘t feel as if
He were here. He is. My hope is there

Maybe it is time to speak to our soul when we find ourselves down.  Speaking God’s Word in particular fill us with hope and encouragement.

 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. – Psalm 43:5

Find Rest (Audio) – Francesca Battistelli

A vision

When in doubt or when confronted with our own desires as opposed to God’s direction, a vision becomes a clear presentation of what needs to be done.  In this case of the vision of a Macedonian man begging for Paul to come, we know the vision came about because of the hope of the gospel but specifically this is not mentioned.  As the story unravels, this becomes more clear.

In fact, maybe the man was not really a man – maybe it was Lydia – as she is their first and powerful encounter, maybe he was the spirit possessed slave girl, or maybe the Roman jailer and his family – you get the point – “come.”  Come to share the gospel – to hear how my life can be transformed by God who raised Jesus from the dead and then raised Him and subsequently us, to new life. With my rental car this week I receive satellite radio and am enjoying The Message. They are advertising a special called – Chains Broken.  The call for help was for people to be set free from being all that God has purposed us to be and to learn how they could be a blessing to others. 

Take the first encounter – Lydia.  She is already a follower of God, practiced going to the synagogue, praying with the women and discussing what they had heard and hoping that the next visiting preacher expound on something more.  She wanted to worship and did not understand how.

This vision was an introduction to two new themes in the book of Acts – needs and openness – two awesome mission initiatives that motive ministries like Partners International.

When people are open and when people are hurting – the gospel moves forward. Are we ourselves not finding ourselves in a spirit of hope when we sit during the presentation of the gospel – are we not asking ourselves – will my suffering be alleviated and what does God want me to do? 

During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”  When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.  – Acts 16:9-10