“As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes true, then it will be known that the Lord has truly sent the prophet.” vs. 9
It would be nice if we could listen to a prophet and immediately know if that prophet is speaking the truth or only blowing smoke. That would make it a lot easier to make a decision about getting on the bandwagon or not. That was the problem folks had with Jeremiah–and he knew it. The only way we know if a prophecy is from the Lord is to wait and see if it comes true. But sometimes waiting isn’t an option. The prophecy demands an immediate response…and we can’t afford to wait. We have a perfect example of that in the current conversation about climate change. Some modern prophets are saying that action needs to be taken immediately to avoid future catastrophes. Many folks are agreeing and taking up the cause. Others are saying that we don’t know if the predictions are true and we would be better advised to wait and see. Both sides quote prophecies from scientists that bolster their positions. So how are we supposed to decide? Since none of us can actually know what God’s future holds all we can do is study the issue and make the most reasoned decision possible, knowing that it could be the wrong choice. For persons conscious of their God-given stewardship role, the question could then become, “Which wrong choice would be best for the earth?”
Thought for the Day: What might Jeremiah say about climate change?