Choosing A Righteous Course - Who Do You Actually Consult - Tuesday, February 28th
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 replied to Jehoshaphat, “There is one more man who could consult the Lord for us, but I hate him. He never prophesies anything but trouble for me! His name is Micaiah son of Imlah.” Jehoshaphat replied, “That’s not the way a king should talk! Let’s hear what he has to say.” So the king of Israel called one of his officials and said, “Quick! Bring Micaiah son of Imlah.” 1 Kings 22:5-9
Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. Colossians 3:5-7
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age. Titus 2:11-12
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Ahab wanted to go to war and all that unfolds hinges on that desire. Ahab had gone to battle on two previous occasions and in both instances there was direction from God to do so and enablement from God for victory. After the second battle, the Aramean king, Ben-hadad, was captured and king Ahab let him go in disobedience to God. Afterwards, through His prophet, God said to Ahab, “Because you have let go out of your hand the man whom I had devoted to destruction, therefore your life shall go for his life, and your people for his people.” Later there is the prospect of a third war with the Arameans but this time in alliance with Jehoshaphat, king of Judah. King Jehoshaphat wants to inquire of the Lord first. Throughout the sequence of things that unfolds we see a man who wants what he wants no matter what. Ahab is ignoring the prophecy against him and now tries to ignore God and His will. He brings in 400 false prophets that will echo his own will for war and he is more than reluctant in regard to Jehoshaphat’s request to inquire of a true prophet of the Lord. Far too often we want what we want and we ignore God, His words to us, and the influence of Godly people who can speak truth into our lives. John 3:20-21 says, “For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”
The Colossian and Titus passages above are an appeal to us to guard ourselves from the allure of evil influences in favor of the beckoning beacon of God’s light that calls us to forsake sinful ways and to devote ourselves to paths of righteousness. We may not think of the spiritual shortfalls in our lives as being of the caliber of Ahab’s, but they are serious none the less and keep us from God’s best.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I want to forsake sinful ways and to be devoted to paths of righteousness. I confess that my willfulness takes me in wrong directions and keeps from your best. Help me to love the light and to hate the darkness. Forgive me for looking for support from bad influences. Help to be fully aligned with you, your Word, and the influence of Godly people. Amen!
Posted on Tue, February 28, 2017
by Alan Porter