Lessons on what not to do in response to God’s Word:
. . . substitute your own words. II Chronicles 18:5: And they said, “Go up, for God will give it into the hand of the king.”
. . . add drama, or an object lesson. Verse 10: Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made for himself horns of iron and said, “Thus says the LORD, ‘With these you shall push the Syrians until they are destroyed.'”
. . . cover it up and just say what people want to hear. Verse 14: “Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I refrain?” And he answered, “Go up and triumph; they will be given into your hand.” [Can’t you just hear both the deadpan delivery of that verse and the sarcasm dripping in Ahab’s voice in the next verse]15But the king said to him, “How many times shall I make you swear that you speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?”
. . . and most dangerous of all, ignore it. Verses 28 and 34 : So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth-gilead. . . the king of Israel was propped up in his chariot facing the Syrians until evening. Then at sunset he died.
Ahab so flagrantly ignored the Word from God and did what he thought would bring him the most recognition. He surrounded himself with yes-men and ruled as he pleased, while claiming to follow the leading of God. I’m sure he knew how far off he was. He got used to hearing what he wanted to hear and tired of calling the true prophet to speak before him. The truth is painful to hear when we are walking away from it.
Lord, help me to hear Your Truth, pure and untainted by me. Your commands, Your Words. Help me to take to heart those painful convictions and follow You even when it is unpopular. I pray that I would not be deceived by enticing words, but would chase them out of my thinking. Thank you for Your wisdom available to us each day. ~Amen