Affirmation Or Truth?

“And Micaiah said, ‘As the Lord lives, whatever the Lord says to me, that I will speak.'”

– 1 Kings 22:14

The king of Syria did not keep his promise to give back the cities that were taken from Israel. Reason could cause one to assume that God would definitely want them back. This notion would make many believe that the Lord would be behind any effort to once again obtain them. This is what emboldened Ahab to declare war against Syria.

Even Ahab’s prophets, about four hundred of them, agreed that he should go to battle. They affirmed it by adding, “Go up, for the Lord will deliver it into the hand of the king” (1 Kings 22:6). Yet, we discover that this was not the plan of God. And the Lord’s real message came from an unpopular messenger, Micaiah. This was a prophet of God that Ahab kept in prison. King Ahab said, “I hate him because he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil” (1 Kings 22:8). What king Ahab failed to recognize is that it was not Micaiah’s words he hated, but God’s. The Lord’s true prophet spoke the Word of the Lord. And according to Micaiah, Ahab was not to go to battle. An unpopular message to a determined will. As one man wrote, “Often in Scripture, it’s the minority that’s in the will of God, and Micaiah was determined to be faithful, not popular.”

Widely held standards may be acceptable to man, yet that does not mean they are approved by the Lord. There will be those that will seek your counsel at times because you are a Christian. And, they will come with a heart like Ahab, who already determined in his mind what he wanted to hear, not the truth he needed to hear. Speaking the truth in love is not always going to be easy. As Christians, when we are asked for our counsel, we must hold fast to the Bible even when pressured to agree with the masses. May our only intent be as our brother Micaiah who said, “As the Lord lives, whatever the Lord says to me, that I will speak.” No more, and no less.

“If it should be found to be contrary to the Word of revealed truth no true Christian will accept it as being from God. However high the emotional content, no experience can be proved to be genuine unless we can find chapter and verse authority for it in the Scriptures.”

– A.W. Tozer

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