You ever say something you didn’t mean? I know I have. Or sometimes I say something out loud I didn’t mean to say, and then have to say, “I didn’t mean it. I was joking.” To tell on myself a little, there are sometimes people say, “Keep me in your prayers.” And then I say, “Sure.” Honestly I would not be able to track of such a prayer list.
But the words of God are never empty. He never says anything He doesn’t mean. He is always intentional in His words. Even those large tracts in Leviticus are meaningful and intentional, though it’s a challenge to read through them. That’s why when someone says, “God told me” I really have to question it. Because when a person who is not known to be a prophet invoked this absolute authority of the Word of God, I have to wonder if these words are truth. You really can’t joke about this, or overstate your case. If God spoke to you, in actual words, then they would be on the level of Scripture. If you had a feeling or a conviction after reading a particular verse, then God spoke to everyone! And you just happened to finally get it. Please don’t assume the mantle of prophet, because God’s word also says to kill anyone who pretends to speak for God. Just fair warning.
James 3 says that those who teach are held to a much higher standard, because they are assuming the mantle of speaking the word of God. We must do so accurately. Why is this so important? Because it is the word of God. His word never fails, and everything He says is truth. We cannot play fast and loose with Scripture. Read with caution, but speak the truth.
God bless you today.