April 29

Make Room for Those Who Tell You the Truth

Despite Elijah’s protest to the Lord in yesterday’s reading that he was alone as a prophet of God, we see evidence in today’s reading that this was not so. There was also Micaiah, son of Imlah. Faced with difficulty, Ahab, the king of Israel, knows that if he calls on Micaiah, he will hear the words of the Lord, but he is loathe to do so because “I hate him, for he never prophesies good concerning me, but evil.” (22:8) Reluctantly, on the advice of Jehoshaphat, he calls for Micaiah, but makes sure to first surrounded himself with all those “prophets” who would tell him what he wanted to hear, like Zedekiah, son of Chenaanah.

On his arrival Micaiah is asked by Ahab to be like Zedekiah and to give a favorable or happy word to the king. But Micaiah’s words are controlled by a greater king. His response to the king of Israel: “As the Lord lives, what the Lord says to me, that I will speak.” He then proclaims that “the Lord has declared disaster for you.”

Unlike before, Ahab does not repent. Micaiah, for his faithfulness, gets slapped and thrown in prison. Ahab goes to battle thinking he can outwit his enemies and God’s declaration only to be wounded by an arrow and to slowly bleed to death on the battlefield. I wonder as that time went by if Ahab would have longed for more Micaiahs and less Zedekiahs.

Do you make room in your life for those who would speak truth into your life even when it is not happy? Is your ego too big to squeeze a Micaiah into your life? Fill your life with those whose love of the Lord is greater than their love for you. If you do, you will find those friends have a more faithful love than the ones who will only tell you what you want to hear.

Proverbs 27:6 (ESV)  6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.