Choosing A Righteous Course - When Will You Make Adjustments - Thursday, March 2nd
When Micaiah arrived before the king, Ahab asked him, “Micaiah, should we go to war against Ramoth-gilead, or should we hold back?” Micaiah replied sarcastically, “Yes, go up and be victorious, for the Lord will give the king victory!” But the king replied sharply, “How many times must I demand that you speak only the truth to me when you speak for the Lord?” Then Micaiah told him, “In a vision I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, like sheep without a shepherd. And the Lord said, ‘Their master has been killed. Send them home in peace.’” “Didn’t I tell you?” the king of Israel exclaimed to Jehoshaphat. “He never prophesies anything but trouble for me.” 1 Kings 22:15-18
“Arrest him!” the king of Israel ordered. “Take him back to Amon, the governor of the city, and to my son Joash. Give them this order from the king: ‘Put this man in prison, and feed him nothing but bread and water until I return safely from the battle!’” 1 Kings 22:26-27
Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore, let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. Romans 13:11-14
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
It is remarkable that Ahab does not dispute the role of the Lord in the affairs of people and what He has to say about things. It seems Ahab already knows that God and whatever He is going to reveal to Him will not correspond at all with his personal will and desires. Ahab demands that the prophet speak God’s words only, but his heart is steadfastly set on doing what he wants to do anyway. Even after he hears about what God revealed to the prophet in the vision, he is determined to go to battle and return safely. Perhaps it is hard to see ourselves in this. We would like to think that with such a clear revelation from God, we would alter our course at this point. But how like Ahab we are in our short sightedness; we continue on a path that circumvents the clear revelation of God’s Word regarding the course we should be on in favor of the course we want. The immediate results we want keep us from taking into account the long range outcomes of disobedience to God and His will for our lives.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, forgive me for the games I play with my life. Deliver me from the spiritual stupor that so often envelopes me. Show me more clearly than ever the teaching of your Word concerning the course of life you desire form me. I commit myself to you for all the adjustments that are in order. Help me to depend upon you fully and completely as I go forward walking in the light. Amen!
Posted on Thu, March 2, 2017
by Ken Hart