APRIL 16 – Who Do You Listen To?
2Chronicles 18:7 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he never prophesied good unto me, but always evil: the same is Micaiah the son of Imla. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.
8 And the king of Israel called for one of his officers, and said, Fetch quickly Micaiah the son of Imla.
It is very important who we listen to. Not all people are scrupulously honest. This is the case here with Ahab and Jehoshaphat. The first verse reveals that Jehoshaphat joined Ahab with affinity. Affinity means with a feeling of kinship. The question comes to mind, what kinship did they share? The previous chapter says “And the Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim:” We know that the Lord was not with Ahab. Therefore their kinship could only be that both were Kings. Jehoshaphat was king of Judah and Ahab King of Israel.
Here is a certainty, kinship should lie in a heavenly manner. We are not to make leagues based on worldly similarities. We are called a peculiar people based on the God we worship. There are times that a prominent religious person or a personable religious person comes into contact with us and seems to be very right and very religious. Some are religious and do not have all the truth. They will say what a person wants to hear to curry favor with people.
Ahab had this problem. Ahab assembled 400 prophets and asked the question, “shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle. The prophets desired to tell the King what the King wanted to hear. Sure, go, God will deliver it into your hands. Jehoshaphat asked about a prophet of the Lord. Ahab said, “I hate him, he never prophesies good unto me.” Ahab did not want to hear the truth. Tell me good and tell me to go.
This is what we need to be very careful about today. Tell me to pray the sinners’ prayer and I will be okay. This sometimes is done without the conviction of the Holy Spirit. There is no call to confession and repentance. I have seen seminary students walk up to children after Sunday School and ask the question, “Do you love Jesus.” Every child will answer yes. Then the seminary student declares that child was saved.
There are those that choose a Church by what type of message is preached. For some, it is a health and wealth message. For others it is a message on how to get along in this world and sin is never mentioned. Then there are those that tell you how good you are. We are missing the message that condemns sin because there are those that do not want their hobbies and other activities preached about. They don’t want to hear of a separated live. They are against the commitment to serve the Lord and Him only. Some have been transformed but have decided not to conform. How sad that the Lord is not honored by our life. The only honor the Lord receives from some is the honor of lips that are living far away from the life of honor.
Should we dishonor God by our lives and pursuits? Let us do more than give Him lip honor.