THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
PROPHETS AND VISIONARIES
July 16, 2015
Why do we evangelize? It is due to God’s aim, which
is to “make known among the peoples his deeds!”
(Ps 105:1b). And of course His greatest deed is the salvation
won for us by Jesus on the cross. In this work of evangelization,
God uses His people as His instruments. He raises leaders
among His people to help move everyone else for the mission.
For both His people and their leaders, in order that they
might know what they are called to do, God raises and anoints
prophets and visionaries “to instruct his princes as
he desired, to teach his elders wisdom.” (Ps 105:22).
They guide, teach, admonish, encourage, support and move God’s
people along the path ordained for them. “Go and gather
the elders of the Israelites, and tell them, The Lord ....
has appeared to me .... so I have decided to lead you up ....”
raised Moses and assured him, “They will listen to you.”
(Ex 3:18a). Unfortunately, many of God’s people today
no longer listen to those sent by God to teach and lead them.
consequences of not listening to God’s prophets is catastrophic.
Pharaoh did not listen to Moses. “Yet I know that the
king of Egypt will not allow you to go unless his hand is
forced. So I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt ....”
(Ex 3:19-20a). For rejecting or just not recognizing and listening
to today’s prophets, the world is in deep darkness,
Christian churches have succumbed to the culture of death,
the Catholic Church has been weakened and sees her flock dispersed,
parishes and lay communities experience conflicts and division.
if only our Church and our community would heed those anointed
to lead them, then God can and will work in power. God calls,
God anoints, God equips, God empowers. God’s work in
and through His people is just so important, so crucial. “Let
it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent
to the Gentiles; they will listen.” (Acts 28:28). They
will listen! God’s word is living and effective! The
harvest is bountiful! But if God’s people cannot get
their act together, then they will lack effectiveness and
will not experience the full force of the power of the Holy
Spirit. If they, especially leaders, do not humble themselves,
are not submitted to community order, and are not obedient
to God’s commands, they will end up arguing and bickering
and going their own way and fomenting dissent. “And
when he had said this, the Jews left, seriously arguing among
themselves.” (Acts 28:29).
God’s people need to recognize the authentic prophets
and visionaries in their midst. This is the way God’s
people can be blessed, and be used mightily by God in carrying
out the mission entrusted to them. The role of prophets and
visionaries is so crucial that God warns His people, “Do
not touch my anointed ones, to my prophets do no harm.”
(Ps 105:15). Those anointed are recipients of God’s
revelation. How have you harmed them and hampered their task?
Have you spoken against them? Have you opposed their God-given
vision? Have you betrayed them?
however God’s people do listen, then they will be greatly
empowered. The slave people who were the Israelites became
the dominant power in the region. The Church led by fishermen
and ordinary people became the dominant religion in the world.
The same can happen to God’s people today. “God
greatly increased his people, made them more numerous than
their foes.” (Ps 105:24).
already won victory on the cross. It is a shame that His people
today are snatching defeat out of victory.
The Western text has added here this verse that is not found
in the best Greek manuscripts.
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