Proverbs 15:23 – A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season how good it is! A word of prophecy spoken will be a word we needed to hear at that time and God knew it.
1 Timothy 4:14 – Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of hands of the presbytery.
Timothy wasn’t born with the gift of prophecy. He received this gift by the laying on of hands by the “elders.” I’m sure at one time or another that you have heard bad prophecies, but the people giving them are human and make mistakes. But God has been speaking through people from Genesis through Revelation and still speaks today.
True Prophecy Is Accurate
When God speaks through a person, it has to be accurate. These next passages are when Samuel, who learned to hear God’s voice from a young age, prophecied over Saul. To set the scene, Saul had gone to look for some donkeys that had gone missing. The men with him said, “Let’s go see if the prophet knows anything.” Now watch how accurate God is about Saul’s life.
1 Samuel 10:1 – Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him and said. “Is it not because the LORD has anointed you commander over His inheritance?
This was given in private, but Samuel is anointing Saul as king. Samuel does it again publicly, but in private Samuel gives Saul a prophetic word from God.
(Verse 2) “When you have departed from me today, you will find two men by Rachel’s tomb in the territory of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say to you, ‘The donkeys which you went to look for have been found. And now your father has ceased caring about the donkeys and is worrying about you, saying, “What shall I do about my son?” ‘ (Verse 3) “Then you shall go on forward from there and come to the terebinth tree of Tabor. There three men going up to God at Bethel will meet you, one carrying three young goats, another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a skin of wine.
(Verse 4) “And they will greet you and give you two loaves of bread, which you shall receive from their hands. (Verse 5) After that, you shall come to the hill of God where the Philistine garrison is. And it will happen, when you have come there to the city, that you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with a stringed instrument, a tambourine, a flute, and a harp before them; and they will be prophesying. (Verse 6) “Then the Spirit of the LORD will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man.”
How accurate and precise is that? Samuel had prophesied to the last detail. When God speaks and we agree, then God’s word has the power to change our lives and others! When God wants something, He speaks!
True Prophecy Is Encouraging
1 Samuel 10:15 – And Saul’s uncle said, “Tell me, please, what Samuel said to you.” (Verse 16) So Saul said to his uncle, “He told us plainly that the donkeys had been found.” But about the matter of the kingdom, he did not tell him what Samuel said.
If we back up to Chapter 9, we read where we are first introduced to Saul: 1 Samuel 9:2 – and he had a son whose name was Saul, a choice and handsome young man. There was not a more handsome person than he among the children of Israel. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people.
Then Samuel comes to town and they said they are going to cast lots to see who becomes king of Israel. 1 Samuel 10:20 – And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was chosen. (Verse 21) When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was chosen. And Saul the son of Kish was chosen. But when they sought him, he could not be found. (Verse 22) Therefore they inquired of the LORD further, “Has the man come here yet?” And the LORD answered, “There he is, hidden among the equipment.”
Saul was insecure and God knew it. Many of us think, “Could God really use me?” What Samuel said to Saul when he anointed him and then sent him on his way, was all said to encourage him. It encouraged him with every detail of whom Saul would see and what he was to do. When someone speaks a prophecy to you it will let you know that the All Mighty is thinking about you and cares enough to let you know what He is saying to you! When God encourages us, it puts courage in us.
True Prophecy Always Comes To Pass
1 Samuel 10:9 – And so it was when he turned his back to go from Samuel, that God gave him another heart; and all those signs came to pass that day.
Saul didn’t end up all that great, but for many, many, years, Saul was a great king. So don’t take one failure, and write them off.
Joshua 21:45 – Not a word failed of any good thing which the LORD had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.
If you need to hear from God, be still and let God speak!