Sometimes being prophetic means that God gives us insight into practical matters so that we know what to do. This can take different shapes.
I remember one time I was working at a church and one of the pillars of the church came into my office. He wanted to meet with me because he was all upset at some information he had just found out. He said, “Did you know that the children’s program we just started is $10,000 in the hole?” Actually, I did, but it was only because the Lord had just revealed it to me in a dream the night before the person burst into my office.
The program was supposed to pay for itself. The only thing was that the church leadership had asked the department to hold off for 5 months in starting it because we were low on funds. This meant they started in the middle of the school year rather than at the beginning, which would have been much better for them.
What was the purpose of the Lord giving me insight into the situation? I think it was so that I could calm down this good saint of the Lord. When we are at peace, we can deal with a situation much more constructively than when we are all up in arms. Whenever the Lord reveals something to me that is not pleasant, I have found that generally it is helpful in dealing with the situation. Simply recognizing that whatever is happening is not a surprise to God is soothing. God did not fall off his throne. He is not surprised. We can deal with this.
Sometimes God reveals things to us so that we can pray about it. Sometimes we need to pray against the thing that is happening. Sometimes we simply need to navigate the turbulent waters with a sense of peace. This is where discernment comes into place. Asking the question, “Lord, why are you showing me this?” can be a good starting point.
Knowing what is going on through prophetic insight helps us to know how to respond to the situation. The upshot of the program that was in financial trouble was that it went on to be a very successful program, both spiritually and financially.
By Ralph Veenstra
December 1, 2016 at 12:04 pm
Thanks Ralph, I have had similar knowing that just comes every now and then. I remember a time when my husband and I were just starting up a new business and working out how to go about it that I got a knowing that his parents would come on board to support us with a loan and the amount of the loan. I spoke it out to my husband and that afternoon his parents arrived with a financial loan for the exact amount. Afterwards I acknowledged that this information could only have come from God as it was so specific. My concern in my own life is that sometimes I have what seems like a knowing and things work out that way but it isn’t what I want to happen so I then start praying against it and I don’t get the peace that the knowing is supposed to bring. My current situation is like this. My pastor gave me some confidential information this week about him and his wife and I just got this knowing that they are going to move away from my church in the coming year. I am in a quandry. I was on the committee that called this pastor 2 years ago. And my church is small so we were really thrown when the last much loved pastor left 3 years ago. I want to pray that he and his wife change their mind about leaving (he told me that he isn’t leaving even though he has bought a house an hour away from our church and wants to spend part of each week at his new house which is close to his previous church). However the sense I have is that God is in this move. So I am watching and waiting and God will reveal what I am supposed to do at the time I am supposed to do it. I would appreciate comments.
December 1, 2016 at 1:53 pm
Maarit, I have concluded from multiple experiences that I have had as a knower that when God reveals something to me, it is usually for a purpose. Most of the time it is for the purpose of providing stability in a potentially volatile situation. When I know things that God reveals to me, it allows me to keep my peace, not be thrown off kilter, and plan accordingly. Most of the time I plan as though whatever God has revealed is going to happen without disclosing it to the person(s) involved or without getting ahead of God. So, a lot of the time I do nothing but watch and wait, but more often than not, it turns out exactly as God indicated it would. At that time, I am not surprised, I am able to release peace to others, and sometimes the Lord will have led me to have my ducks in a row, so to speak, that “Plan B” can move in place relatively quickly. At times I look like I have a solution before a problem ever developed. At other times I move with the situation as the Lord leads me. In this case, I would simply sit back and wait and watch and see, unless the Lord leads you to do something else.