Recently, a prophet spoke. An ordinary guy speaking truth. It was hard to hear. Why?
I thought, I love your words. They’re Life. They’re true. They’re inspiring. They were also indigestible in that form. Like raw veggies that should have been cooked a little longer.
Why does this happen?
They were born of frustration and zeal. Our motivations need to be tempered – like steel. Hammered. Moulded. It takes time. Patience. So they remain piercing but gentle, not strident.
So they slide quietly in under your ribs to circumcise your heart but painless as they slice away your doubt and unbelief.
Jeremiah had to learn to craft his speech. At first, he thought he couldn’t speak. Then he found he could but he was thrown in an empty cistern for his pains. Then, when his words came true, the Powers of his day were afraid and he was imprisoned again. Not an easy life, being an OT (over the top?) prophet. But through it, he learned how to deliver the uncomfortable Word in a way that people could hear and engage. It’s a skill.
Tempering. Hammering. Moulding. We all have to go through it but prophets more than most. So get ready…