The prophetic gift and call is not one we should brush off. We are encouraged in the word of God to reach beyond our comfort zone, Paul tells us to seek out this gift.
He encourages us to dig in deeper and experience God in a new and revealing way.
18 Where there is no revelation,[a] the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.
(Foot note a says: Or the people are discouraged)
The word revelation here is form the Hebrew word Châzôwn, which points to a prophetic vision or revelation. Even though many believers are not prophets, Paul tells us that we should all seek to operate in spiritual gifts.
1 Corinthians 14:39
39 So my brothers and sisters, you should truly want to prophesy. But do not stop people from using the gift of speaking in different kinds of languages.
Here it is, Paul encourages us to seek to prophecy.
(Now just to clarify, just because someone has a prophetic word or works from time to time in the gift of prophecy does not make them a prophet.)
With this insight it is easier to keep our eyes on God. Many times we tend to get discouraged and move into a holding pattern when we do not see the big picture of where we are going. This is a bad place to be. Think of the children of Israel, if they had really known the vision of where God was taking them and what he was about to do, do you think that they would have wandered in the desert for 40 years? No, if they knew how gracious God is, how faithful He is to His word, they would have repented and marched into the promise land and taken the land by storm. But they never saw the vision that God gave Moses. They were told, but never grasped it.
Is this not why God called the nation to be a nation of priests (Exodus 19:6)? If they had only began to seek God themselves, not waiting on Moses to bring the information to them, then they would have had revelation themselves directly from God, not a message from a man holding a stick.
I do not say this to diminish the message of Moses, but to make a point.
If you are just listening to the man or woman of God giving a great oration, never going home and studying it out yourself, then you really do not have a living knowledge of what was said or taught. So seeking after revelation from God is imperative for our forward movement in our lives. If we do not seek after God ourselves, then we risk moving into a holding pattern that keeps us from fulfilling our purpose in life.
In the same way if you are always looking for a prophet to give you a word and never seeking God for yourself you are cheating yourself and going to miss it.
Yet this gift is one that is supposed to draw us closer to God’s heart. It is used to encourage and build up those around us. No wonder Paul encourages us to all seek to prophecy. If we can build up and encourage one another then we will all be stronger and encouraged. This making it harder for the enemy to get a hold and distract us from our call and purpose.
We will visit this topic more and see just how deep this rabbit hole goes.