We’ve been discussing Daniel in the nexus hot house. Not the Elton John song, or the James Bond actor, but the book. Smithy doing a great compression job and shining the spotlight on this book that is the history of the future.
We are uncomfortable with the responsibility of telling the world its future, when the our world doesn’t even know if there is a plan and a story unfolding.
And yet I have been, and continue to be, drawn to the prophets. To an extent they were the James Bond’s of the old testament, in that they were able to save the world. They had gadgets from Y, not M. Exciting, compelling.
What fascinates me is how they knew what they knew. How did God’s thoughts get into them? How did they allow God’s perspectives into their being? David Wilkerson’s book the Cross and the Switchblade was what started it, read to us in RE lessons by Mr Davies, a sort of manic pirate of a teacher from the stormtrooper college. I was fascinated by Wilkerson’s plodding journey. I wanted in.
Don’t know really what the song Daniel is about, but it feels like a love song. And ultimately, that is what the prophets were. Lovers of God, compassionate about their people, driven by an over-riding purpose.
Prophecy is essential. God has to input into our lives by relevation. We live by faith. It should be an everyday thing. We can’t ignore the spiritual gadgets of God.
If God gives us the big picture to describe, we describe it. We proclaim it. But we also live it. Bring it into being.
Not in triumphalism, not in the shadows, but in open powerful humility.