THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
LISTEN TO HIM
2 Peter 1:16-19
God said of Jesus, “This is my beloved Son, with whom
I am well pleased; listen to him.” (Mt 17:5b). Many
in the world do not listen to Jesus, though we who know Christ
and are trying to live Christ certainly are decided to listen
to and follow him.
how do we know what Jesus is telling us? Well, we pray, we
read the Bible, and we listen to those he sends to speak to
and teach us, especially the prophets. This is what God commanded
His people the Israelites. Moses said of himself, “A
prophet like me will the Lord, your God, raise up for you
from among your own kindred; that is the one to whom you shall
listen.” (Dt 18:15). Moses was also referring in general
to all true prophets who were to succeed him. Who are true
prophets? Here is a definition: “human beings moved
by the holy Spirit spoke under the influence of God.”
(2 Pt 1:21b).
notice that the prophet is raised by God from among a people’s
own kindred. This at times makes it hard, as was even the
case with Jesus, for people to accept him and what he says.
Of course the enemy also influences God’s people to
reject him or his message.
is a true prophet of value?
a true prophet is one who has had a deep personal encounter
with the risen Lord Jesus. He has met Christ and has gotten
to know him. He is one who is in awe at the glory of the Lord.
He is one who has witnessed the awesome majesty of God. And
being assigned by God to speak for Him, God reveals mysteries
to him, enabling him to “see” into the depths
of God. Like Peter, prophets are those who “had been
eyewitnesses of his majesty.” (2 Pt 1:16b).
a true prophet is profoundly prayerful. He “goes to
the mountain” to be with Jesus, and earnestly seeks
to hear God’s voice. “We ourselves heard this
voice come from heaven while we were with him on the holy
mountain.” (2 Pt 1:18). God speaks to true prophets
so that they might bring His word to His people.
a true prophet is focused on Jesus and his work of salvation.
He is not into intellectual discourses or theological debates
or useless argumentation, but simply proclaims the life and
work of God in power until Jesus comes again. “We did
not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you
the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Pt
is the result of the above?
the prophet says is truly of God. “Moreover, we possess
the prophetic message that is altogether reliable.”
(2 Pt 1:19a). If that is so, if the prophet truly speaks on
behalf of God, if God truly has important words or directions
He desires to give His people through His prophet, then God’s
people must listen to him. “You will do well to be attentive
to it” (2 Pt 1:19b). Now that is quite an understatement.
If God’s people do not listen to Him, if God’s
people do not listen to the prophet whom He sends, then they
will not be guided properly, they will be in darkness, and
will eventually veer away and be lost. Thus they are to look
to the prophetic message “as to a lamp shining in a
dark place” (2 Pt 1:19c). God will guide His people
out of darkness and into His marvelous light.
God’s guidance is there, through the prophetic word.
Knowing that a prophet is not that easily accepted, especially
if he is just one among the kindred, it is incumbent upon
God’s people to humble themselves, to be not hard of
heart, to not reject hard teachings or directions, to strive
to be attentive to the prophetic word, and to ask God for
His enlightenment. As God desires to speak to His people,
if and when they do listen to Him (and to His prophet), then
He will enable them to see the light, “until day dawns
and the morning star rises in (their) hearts.” (2 Pt