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Trustworthy Advisor (1 Kings 22)

When you are faced with a major decision, who do you ask? Who are the trusted advisors you go to?

Before making a major decision, do you ask the Lord? If so, do you ask Him directly or through people you perceive to know what the Lord will say?

When King Ahab of Israel and King Jehoshaphat of Judah were planning to go to war against Ramoth-Gilead, Jehoshaphat wanted to seek counsel from the God of Israel first.

So Ahab called 400 “prophets” who were likely the 400 priests of Asherah who were not killed by Elijah on Mt. Carmel with the 450 prophets of Baal.

Jehoshaphat was not satisfied with these men, knowing they were not prophets of the Lord. So again Jehoshaphat asked if there was no prophets of the Lord left who could give them counsel. King Ahab replied, there is but I hate him because he never says what I want to hear.

1 Kings 22:5-7 Then Jehoshaphat added, “But first let’s find out what the Lord says.” So the king of Israel summoned the prophets, about 400 of them, and asked them, “Should I go to war against Ramoth-gilead, or should I hold back?” They all replied, “Yes, go right ahead! The Lord will give the king victory.” But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there not also a prophet of the Lord here? We should ask him the same question.” The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the Lord, but I hate him, because he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. He is Micaiah son of Imlah.” But Jehoshaphat said, “Let not the king say so.”

I wonder if we ever make the same mistake as Ahab. Do we ever resist seeking God’s counsel because:

  • We don’t want to hear what we know God will say, or

  • God may not respond to us in the timeframe we want and we don’t trust God enough to wait for His timeframe, or

  • We don’t recognize God’s voice and so we don’t know when He is giving us direction.

Lord, Whether I like your way or not, let me clearly hear your voice guiding me and have the patience to wait for your timeframe rather than impatiently insisting on my own. Like it or not, please give me the wisdom to follow and obey your direction and trust that the outcome will be what You want it to be. Lord, in my impatience, please give me the wisdom to keep seeking you directly rather than trying to get an answer sooner and easier by going to someone close to me who will likely support what I think and tell me exactly what my itching ears want to hear but not glorify You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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