Prophets Do Not Get Promoted – They Get Pelted – And That Can Be Applied To Prophetic Writers Too!
Writing is a most enjoyable task but it is a disciplined task. Having been writing a weekly column for a north of Scotland newspaper for a number of years, producing these words is never easy. The question does arise however. How do you do it? What are the mechanics of it? We know it is not automatic. You may be starting out on your writing life and you may think everyone has written on all the topics on which it is possible to write. That is not true. As a Christian my themes and topics are biblically based and centered upon Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Does that make it any easier? I would want to say that it does, but the writing still has to be done and the notes have to be written and the pieces have to be submitted on time.
The following words came together over the autumn this year as I observed what politicians were saying, but also heard what they were not saying, and that can be just as crucial.
The political conference season draws to a close. What might the reaction be if one speaker arose to say, “You know, we are in a mess, and we deserve to be in a mess. It is time to turn to Almighty God and ask for mercy, help, and guidance.
One outstanding leader did exactly that. He saw the serious condition of the people. He realized the cause of the suffering, and discerned, that as nation, “we are getting what we deserve!” Why?
God had been so good to people, providing them with everything. When they started going wrong God gave them verbal and written warnings, but the people closed their ears and hearts. They took no notice of the words of men of God, thinking they knew far better.
“Let us change the ancient laws. We are progressive. We can advance and break away from former moral standards. If men want to live in a certain manner, we will accommodate that, legally. Should anyone speak too strongly, or challengingly, about God and Jesus Christ and Bible, we will put a stop to that, legally.”
Daniel humbly went to prayer when he saw people covered, or bent over, with shame. The weight of the consequences of sin was breaking people. Men had rebelled, acting disobediently, and such wickedness brought catastrophe, as the harvest of unfaithfulness was reaped. Daniel acknowledged that God had every right to bring such great disaster. It was not a popular message then, and it would not be a popular message today.
Prophets do not get promoted. They get pelted.
Daniel knew what was happening, and why it was happening, and when he went to prayer he was given spiritual understanding and insight. He asked a righteous God to hear and listen and act, and He did.
When it comes to writing, observe what is going on around you and whenever a thought comes into your mind get it down on paper. If an opening sentence comes so much the better.
Now and again a phrase may appear and you want to remember it. Jot it down, otherwise you probably will not remember it, and you will wish you had recorded it somewhere.
Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children’s Panel in Scotland, and has traveled extensively over these past years teaching, speaking, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, making 12 visits to Israel conducting Tours and Pilgrimages, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya, ministering at Pastors and Leaders Seminars, in the poor areas surrounding Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.
He broadcasts regularly on WSHO radio out of New Orleans, and writes a weekly commentary at http://www.studylight.org entitled “Word from Scotland” on various biblical themes, as well as a weekly newspaper column.
His M.A. and B.D. degrees are from The University of Edinburgh, and he continues to run and exercise regularly to maintain a level of physical fitness.