Prophecy of Truth
“Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who lead my people astray, who cry ‘Peace’ when they have something to eat, but declare war against him who put nothing into their mouths” (Micah 3.5 ESV).
Nothing can cause crankiness more than when we are hungry. Food is one of our most basic human needs. Hunger definitely affects people’s moods, which alters their perception of reality, skewing their understanding of truth. A prophet is someone who claims that he or she has a word from God. This word doesn’t necessarily have to be vision of the future; rather, it merely needs to state the heart of God. In this verse, Micah is showing how the prophets changed their “word” from God based on their hunger. They allowed their current state of fullness (their hunger was satisfied) to cause them to joyfully say that everything was at peace. Yet, they allowed their prophecy to claim destruction to those who would not feed them. They were dictated by their bellies and not by God’s Truth. When giving advice, Christians need to be certain that our mood is not altering our words, especially when we are trying to speak the heart of God. We must root our feelings in the spirit and not the flesh. If we stand as a mouthpiece of God, we are taking a big risk if our words are skewed by personal feelings. It is better to admit that we don’t have the answer than to declare an answer that doesn’t align with God’s heart. When we are emotionally compromised in a situation, it’s better to keep our mouths shut.
“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want” (Galatians 5.16-17 NIV).