When my brother, Eddie, was fifteen years old, he was in a major car accident that nearly killed him. His back was broken and his intestines ruptured. After multiple surgeries and nearly a month in the Intensive Care Unit he was on the road to recovery, but his promising football career was over. Eddie spiraled downward into a world of alcohol and drugs, all while blaming God for what happened to him.
For many years he lived that lifestyle, hitting rock bottom over and over again. Our parents were at the end of themselves, certain that any day we would get news of Eddie’s death. Despite what was obviously happening, God revealed to me that Eddie would one day repent and eventually he would be a pastor. That was a hard sell to tell my parents when they were in the midst of their heartbreak, but praise God, Eddie is now clean and sober, he’s an ordained pastor, and he now lives in Texas where he has planted a church.
God will often use prophecy to speak of future events. It’s just one of the ways we see Him active and involved in the details of our lives. Consider how the Lord used Agabus, in Acts 21:10-11, to warn Paul of his impending arrest in Jerusalem, “And as we stayed many days, a certain prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. When he had come to us, he took Paul’s belt, bound his own hands and feet, and said, ‘Thus says the Holy Spirit, “So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.”
Now, this may not seem like the kind of prophecy any of us would want to hear, but I admire how Paul responds in verse 13, when he says, “I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” Paul received Agabus’ prophecy as authentic, and sure enough it came true. The Lord used Agabus to prepare Paul for what was to come.
You may be thinking, I’ve never received nor given a prophecy before. May I humbly and lovingly challenge you that perhaps you aren’t looking through the proper lens? Prophecy is simply speaking forth the word of God. It can be about future events, such as with Paul and Agabus, but it is mostly just speaking God’s words directly from the Bible.
So today, I pray that God would grant us all the ability to see the events of our lives through spiritual, not natural, eyes. I assure you, the Spirit is at work all around and through us! The gift of prophecy is alive and well, and active. We just need to have a heart of faith and discernment to know it when we hear it. So pay close attention today … God wants to tell you something!