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Bold Obedience

Today’s reading: 1 Kings 22:1-2 Kings 2:18

My selection: I Kings 22:28-29

And Micaiah said, “If you return in peace, the Lord has not spoken by me.” And he said, “Hear, all you peoples!”

29 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth-gilead.

My reflections: The prophet Micaiah was called by the kings of Israel and Judah, Ahab and Jehoshaphat, to advise them about the pending battle with Syria. Four hundred prophets had already counseled the kings to go into battle. Under enormous pressure, Micaiah told them that God would not be with them nor bless their efforts in the battle.

The kings ignored Micaiah’s prophecy. Ahab had Micaiah put in prison and fed on bread and water. Here are some observations:

1. The man of God tells the truth in spite of opposition from powerful leaders and public opinion.

2. The man of God (unlike King Ahab) listens to the advice of wise counselors. He weighs his counselors rather than counting them.  One Micaiah is better than 400 of the other prophets.

3. The man of God remains committed to God’s truth in the face of personal loss and suffering. Ahab’s punishment did not sway Micaiah. The prophet risked his life for the truth.

My challenge: Do you seek and follow wise counsel when making important decisions? What is the Lord calling you to do or say for His glory and against the tide of popular opinion? Are you ready to suffer personal loss, if need be, to be obedient and to tell the truth?

Today, be a Micaiah not an Ahab.

Tomorrow’s reading: 2 Kings 2:19-4:44

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