Who would we identify as prophets of God in our world today? Is it the big TV evangelists or the mega church lead pastors? Is it the pastor of your local church or the leader of your small group? Is it your spouse or best friend? Yes, yes, yes, and yes! A prophet can be all of these at certain times and points in our life an it can be others not mentioned above. God can still speak in many ways through a wide variety of people.
Surely prophets are people like Moses, Elijah, and Jesus. While this is a pretty impressive list, the Bible is full of prophets – many of whom came from out of nowhere. Many spoke the word God gave them and faded back into regular life. In this sense, we live today among many prophets. Some are here for a while and others only for a short period of time.
One of the main jobs of a prophet is to align the people of faith with the will of God. In this sense they help guide like a shepherd. A prophet can also offer correction as we stray from God’s plan. In our personal lives this comes mostly when we pursue worldly idols and when we fall to temptation.
In these terms, the voice of God can be heard from the many prophets in our lives. We too may be a prophet to others. We all need to be attuned to the voice that God has given a message to. God is still very much alive and well and active in our world. May His voice continue to lead and guide us all.
Scripture reference: Deuteronomy 8: 15-20