by Brandon Canup (student, Tri-Cities School of Preaching & Christian Development)
“A lion hath roared! Who will not fear?
The Lord God has spoken, who can but prophesy?”
The first part of this verse is common sense. Those who hear a lion roar are in danger. The second part of this verse has great significance to Christian men and women.
We have examples of all the prophets in the OT, even the ones who didn’t want to prophecy what God had to say (i.e., Jonah), but when God spoke, it was a plea of repentance, love, and compassion on His people. The same message goes today for the people in the world…when we as Christians know that the Lord has spoken, how could we remain quiet. We have this great gospel, but we often keep it to ourselves. We should tell it to others boldly as Paul did. Without fear as Stephen did, understanding that we may suffer.
If Paul took the attitude to not preach the gospel to the people, or care for the churches, we wouldn’t have the great letters in the Bible today that have so much benefit for us. We wouldn’t have the example of Stephen and his stand for the truth. Paul and Silas would have never been imprisoned, and Christians wouldn’t have been persecuted. But we know that because God has spoken through examples of the Bible, we need to believe it, speak it, and preach it.
We have the great message of God’s love for humanity, therefore, we can’t help but tell others about it.