2 Chronicles 20:20 Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the LORD your God and you will be upheld; have faith in His prophets and you will be successful.”

There’s been an attack against the prophet or preachers of God. Satan has used people to attack their character, their integrity, and their legitimacy. There’s a thought that if we’re listening to preachers, we’re weak-minded or can’t think for ourselves. Some will tell us we’re fools for listening to these “crooked” preachers.

True men or women of God have our best interests at heart. They’re hearing the voice of God, studying the Word of God (in context), and speaking on the behalf of God. By listening and applying their teaching to our lives, we position ourselves to be successful.

Now, preachers are not perfect. They miss the mark and need grace like everyone else. But we don’t trust the preacher. We trust the God in the preacher. If what they’re telling us doesn’t align with the Word of God, we can dismiss that statement. If they continue to make questionable statements, we may need change who we’re listening to. That’s why it’s so important to know the Word for ourselves.

Let’s not hinder our success by lumping every preacher with those who publicly missed the mark. Have faith in the God-inspired word that comes from your man or woman of God.