by Rev Joel Yong
Your prophets have been like jackals among ruins, O Israel. You have not gone up into the breaches, or built up a wall for the house of Israel, that it might stand in battle in the day of the Lord. They have seen false visions and lying divinations. They say, Declares the Lord, when the Lord has not sent them, and yet they expect him to fulfill their word. Have you not seen a false vision and uttered a lying divination, whenever you have said, Declares the Lord, although I have not spoken?
The false prophets told the people they were going to be safe and alright.
Prophets are supposed to speak what God wants them to say to the people – not whatever the people wish to hear.
As a result God condemns their behavior- likening it to eroding the defenses of the city instead of building up walls for the protection of the city.
We all love to hear reassuring words.
But we need more than reassurance to live a God-aligned life.
We need correction. Else we tend to wander afar from the path He intends for us to walk.
The God-aligned path in life- is the way life was meant to be lived and enjoyed. Any other way leads to the misuse and destruction of life.