“Between the scribe who has read and the prophet who has seen there is a difference as wide as the sea. We are overrun today with orthodox scribes, but the prophets, where are they? The hard voice of the scribe sounds over evangelicalism, but the Church waits for the tender voice of the saint who has penetrated the veil and has gazed with inward eye upon the wonder that is God.” – A.W. Tozer
Scribes and prophets. Too many of the former; too few of the latter.
It’s not difficult to dissect a written text, to pick it up, analyze it, dig into it, and expound it. Any bright mind may do so. Any golden tongue can make it palatable and relevant.
But to see God and proclaim the heart of God is altogether different.
We may squeeze meaning out of any written word, but to walk with the Living Word and to stand in wonder before God Himself gives altogether new authority to what we share.
Lent opens the door for us all to see God. But, like deer-hunters who must remain still behind their blinds for hours before their prey appears, it takes silence and solitude for us to gaze upon Jesus—not because He hides but because we are not prepared.
He may appear in fleeting form out of the corner of our eye as we speed by. But He is usually seen only by those who wait.
With just one week left of our Lenten fast, have you grown impatient or are you still waiting? Will you step down to be a scribe, or step up to be a prophet?
Father, Son, and Spirit—let me gaze in wonder upon You. Let me penetrate the veil to see You, not in a blur caused by my speed but in the fullness that arises from my silence before You. I wait. Amen.