Those Who Speak for God

“Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what do you see? And I said, I see a branch of an almond tree. Then said the LORD unto me, You have seen well: for I am ready to perform My word.” –  Jeremiah 1:11, 12.

OBSERVE, first, dear Friends, that before Jeremiah becomes a speaker for God, he must be a seer. The name for a Prophet, in the olden time, was a “seer”—a man who could see—one who could see with his mind’s eye, one who could also see with spiritual insight, so as vividly to realize the Truth of God which he had to deliver in the name of the Lord.

Learn that simple lesson well, O you who try to speak for God! You must be seers before you can be speakers.The question with which God usually begins His conversation with each of His true servants is the one He addressed to Jeremiah, “What do you see?” I am afraid that there are some ministers, nowadays, who do not see much. Judging by what they preach, their vision must be all in cloudland, where all they see is smoke, mist and fog. I often meet with persons who have attended the same ministry for years—and when I have asked them even very simple questions about the things of God, I have found that they do not know anything. It was not because they were not able to comprehend quickly when the Truth was set forth plainly before them, but I fear that it was, in most cases, because there was nothing that they could learn from the minister to whom they had been accustomed to listen.

The preacher had seen nothing and, therefore, when he described what he saw, of course it all amounted to nothing. No, my Brother, before you can make an impression upon another person’s heart, you must have an impression made upon your own soul. You must be able to say, concerning the Truth of God, “I see it,” before you can speak it so that your hearers shall also see it. It must be clear to your own mind, by the spiritual perception which accompanies true faith, or else you will not be able to say with the Psalmist, “I believed, therefore have I spoken.” Let me say again that sentence which I uttered a minute ago—the speaker for God must first be a seer in the Light of God.

DELIVERED BY C. H. SPURGEON, AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON, ON THURSDAY EVENING, APRIL 7, 1881.

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4 Responses to Those Who Speak for God

  1. Keith Joseph says:

    A great sobering reminder that before we ever speak we should have been with God for many hours listening through his word. Thanks for the challenge.

    • JCF says:

      It is always a challenge and a good reminder to all those who wants to lead, teach and preach the word.

  2. Siew-Leng Willis says:

    I think it is easier to persuade men with experience of and conviction by the Holy Spirit. An example is when one is converted that s/he can share with conviction the reality of the living God Who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3 v16). On recognising one’s need for the Saviour, led by the Holy Spirit, will ask Jesus into her/his life. Hence, being born again by the Holy Spirit. Thus, having ‘seen’ the Lord, can witness of the Way, the Truth and the Life. That was my personal experience. As God reveals, we speak for God. This is obedience and my prayer.

  3. Brian says:

    “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth”

    Isaiah 45:22, The text that God used to create new life in Spurgeon. Powerful!

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