History is filled with stories of men who spoke with a higher authority, whose voices and messages spanned over not only generations, but millenia.
“Would it be wise of me to shrink from a known good to avoid a possible bad? No! I will drink the hemlock.”
“Blessed are the poor in spirit…”
“God holds you over a pit, much as one holds a spider…”
“Give me liberty! Or give me death!”
“Four score and seven years ago…”
“The only thing to fear is fear itself.”
“Don’t ask what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”
“You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: victory! Victory at all costs. Without victory, there is no survival.”
“I have a dream!”
I believe certain people are born with messages deep within them that are cultivated throughout the course of their lives to be released at just the right moment in just the right circumstances in such a way that they leave a wake of unquestionable transformation. There is so much power in the voice that lives and speaks what is true.
I remember watching a movie a while back called “The Interpreter.” I think it was Nicole Kidman that was in it, but I’m not sure. At the end of the movie, there is a man who has been promoting a war in Africa in which thousands of people are dying. He was once a boy in this country, and once suffered like these people are now suffering, but years of adversity have hardened him to the cry of his own people. They hand this man a copy of a book that he wrote decades before speaking out against the war that he is now supporting. Slowly, with an angry look on his face, he begins to read:
“The gunfire around us makes it hard to hear. But the human voice is different from other sounds. It can be heard over the noises that bury everything else. Even when its shouting. Even when it is just a whisper. Even the lowest whisper can be heard over armies when its telling the truth.” Filled with the distant remembrance of feelings that had long since been buried, the old man begins to weep for the people whom he is now oppressing.
Certain people are given world-changing messages. Those messages resonate because they tell the truth. If I had one of those messages, what would it be?
“See, I have appointed you this day over
the nations and over the kingdoms,
To pluck up and break down,
To destroy and to overthrow,
To build and to plant.” Jer. 1:10