“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” – 2 Peter 1:20-21
It is by faith that we believe such a statement as is made by the Apostle Peter. We weren’t there. We don’t and cannot know the truth of it. We all believe something. Some believe in God, others believe there is no God. It is a choice we all must make, but we better be sure in our choice. We have a free will. What does that mean? In a nutshell it means we are able and allowed to choose as we please; To believe whatever we would like to believe. If you want to believe the sky is purple and the moon is black you can (although I can’t promise you the men in the little white coats won’t come calling on you.). I made a choice in 1979 to believe in God. It was a deliberate choice. No one made me make that choice. At the time it seemed like the right thing to do and even now I do not question my decision. It has been the most important and greatest positive thing I have ever done for myself.
So here is Peter declaring that whatever prophecy was spoken was not spoken strictly by humans of their own volition, but rather by the unction or direction of the Holy Spirit of God. They were compelled within their own spirits to speak forth or write down that which was revealed to them. As we read scripture I believe we find truth and in that truth we find peace and hope. I could be cute here and say “It’s a God thing, you wouldn’t understand”, but actually, if you are not in relationship with God on a personal basis, then truthfully you probably wouldn’t understand. It takes work to understand the things of God. It takes discipline and determination. It takes patience and perseverance. This is no quick fix, this is a life-long pursuit, this knowing God thing. There is no way you can do this on your own, that is why we are given the Holy Spirit.
The prophets spoke the words of God to His people and they listened, most of the time. Is everything in the Bible absolutely accurate and true? I believe it is. Perhaps I am naïve, but I would rather believe it, learn it, love it and live it than spend valuable time trying to prove it is false. If we open our hearts to the word of God we will realize, if we allow it, that God is real and His word is vital to our existence as Christians. If it weren’t why would people be trying to silence its proclamation? If it were just another book then why would people want it removed? For that matter, why is Jesus Christ the lone religious figure that stirs up so much violence and hate? Would that happen if it were known to not be true?
WALK WITH THE KING TODAY AND BE A BLESSING!!