Careful study of the Old Testament prophets and their teachings can be a rewarding experience. However, their writings can be simply a source of confusion and frustration to one who uses them to speculate about the future.God used men to speak His words concerning a number of topics. They spoke about such things as the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, the heathen nations that posed a threat to God’s chosen people, and the Savior who was to come. Our faith becomes stronger as we see Old Testament prophets’ predictions fulfilled throughout the New Testament history. Conversely, if we look at their words as simply predictions of future events having no eternal consequence, we will experience no lasting impact on our belief and trust in God.

Today we are concerned about corruption in the realms of religion, politics and human relations. The prophets spoke about these same issues, and we can gain great insight and encouragement by paying careful attention to what they said. Often we struggle to find meaning in present day events reported in newspapers and on television. The prophets’ words help us see that God is working in men’s lives continually and in His time.

Often we wonder what God wants and expects from us. We have to look no further than Micah to answer that question. He said, “what doth Jehovah require of thee, but to do justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (6:8). We would all do well to engage in regular study of the prophets’ writings. God will reward our study of His prophets by giving us enlightenment, correction, instruction and even a bit of enjoyment.