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Different Prophets (2 Chronicles 18:1~11)
1 Now Jehoshaphat had great wealth and honor, and he allied himself with Ahab by marriage.
2 Some years later he went down to visit Ahab in Samaria. Ahab slaughtered many sheep and cattle for him and the people with him and urged him to attack Ramoth Gilead.
3 Ahab king of Israel asked Jehoshaphat king of Judah, "Will you go with me against Ramoth Gilead?" Jehoshaphat replied, "I am as you are, and my people as your people; we will join you in the war."
4 But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, "First seek the counsel of the LORD."
5 So the king of Israel brought together the prophets--four hundred men--and asked them, "Shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I refrain?" "Go," they answered, "for God will give it into the king's hand."
6 But Jehoshaphat asked, "Is there not a prophet of the LORD here whom we can inquire of?"
7 The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, "There is still one man through whom we can inquire of the LORD, but I hate him because he never prophesies anything good about me, but always bad. He is Micaiah son of Imlah." "The king should not say that," Jehoshaphat replied.
8 So the king of Israel called one of his officials and said, "Bring Micaiah son of Imlah at once."
9 Dressed in their royal robes, the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah were sitting on their thrones at the threshing floor by the entrance to the gate of Samaria, with all the prophets prophesying before them.
10 Now Zedekiah son of Kenaanah had made iron horns, and he declared, "This is what the LORD says: 'With these you will gore the Arameans until they are destroyed.' "
11 All the other prophets were prophesying the same thing. "Attack Ramoth Gilead and be victorious," they said, "for the LORD will give it into the king's hand."
God’s Agenda and Our Agenda (18:1–5)
Through the marriage of their children, Jehoshaphat of Judah and Ahab of Israel form an alliance. Ahab uses this alliance to his advantage and seeks to recapture Ramoth Gilead from the Syrians. King Jehoshaphat agrees to cooperate with Ahab in this joint war on the condition that they seek the LORD’s counsel first. Ahab brings together prophets who give him favorable answers, and they say that God will give them victory, but their answer is far from the truth. We should take caution that we do not act as Ahab did, caring more about our own agendas than seeking counsel from God. God’s agenda should be our agenda.
- What steps are you taking to ensure that your plans align with what God wills for your life?
Wise Advice (18:6–11)
Skeptical of Ahab’s prophets, King Jehoshaphat insists that a true prophet of the LORD be consulted. Ahab reluctantly mentions one prophet of the LORD named Micaiah who never prophesies anything good about Ahab because the king is always doing evil in God’s sight. Ahab hates Micaiah and is hesitant to bring him in, but King Jehoshaphat insists. Ahab and Jehoshaphat agree to have Micaiah come and prophesy on the war with the Syrians. Let us be wise and discerning about the people who give us advice. May our hearts be open to what the LORD has to say to us even if it is difficult for us to accept.
- Who do you listen to when you need advice? How can you prepare your heart to listen to what God has to say?
A letter to God
Father, I confess that, at times, I refuse to listen to You. Remind me that You are wiser than I am and that You know what is best for me. Help me to desire Your will above everything, even when it may differ from my own desires. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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