Stick to the Script

“They have spoken falsely of the LORD and have said, ‘He will do nothing; no disaster will come upon us, nor shall we see sword or famine.’” Jeremiah 5:12

One of the most dangerous things you can do is speak for God. The so-called prophets of Israel and Judah did so in Jeremiah’s day, and were rebuked for telling the people things God said that God didn’t say.

These ear-tickling prophets told the people that God wasn’t going to punish them for their sin. They had nothing to worry about. “He will do nothing,” they said. They spoke for God, and they spoke wrongly.

Twisting the words of God into something that people want to hear has been the business of the devil for millennia. In fact, we see him do so for the first time in Genesis 3. Eve doesn’t want to disobey God initially as she talks to that serpent. “If I eat of that tree, God said I will die,” she tells him.

But what does he say to her?

“You will not surely die.”

Satan spoke for God. And told the woman – on God’s behalf – that what God had first said was no longer true.

And Eve bit.

Be oh so careful when you’re tempted to say, “God didn’t really say…” or “God didn’t really mean…”

If it’s written in His Word, He said it and He meant it. Let’s not try to soften up the words of God in an effort to make each other feel better.

Instead, let’s affirm exactly what God has said, just the way He said it. In His Word. And what He has said is that all those who persist in their unbelief will surely face His wrath for eternity. May we never blurt out like the Israel’s false prophets, “He will do nothing.” Because He will.

So we let the knowledge that God has spoken and that He will bring His words to pass provoke us to plead with others to repent and believe. And thereby be spared from God’s wrath, having trusted fully in the work of Jesus to save them.

If you’re going to speak for God, do so with fear and trepidation. And stick to the script.

-Matt