Reading through the Bible together
In the whole Bible the prophet Micaiah has only has one story to his name, but it’s a great one. Wicked King Ahab wants to fight against Ramoth Gilead. Good king Jehoshaphat has unwisely joined him. He suggests they ask God for counsel before they go out. Ahab agrees and calls in his 400 well-trained prophets. “Go up,” they cry in well-paid unison. “God will deliver!”
Jehoshaphat wants a real prophet, someone truly connected with God. Ahab finally calls for Micaiah. Those bringing him whisper, “You’d better only speak encouragement.”
Micaiah’s answers rings clear for any servant of God today, “Whatever my God says, that I will speak” (verse 13). Indeed he clearly tells King Ahab, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd” (verse 16). His prophecy is death for the king.
One of the false prophets hits him across the face. The king of Israel tells them to throw Micaiah into prison. He simply replies, “If you ever return in peace, the Lord has not spoken by me. Take heed, all you people” (verse 27).
Courage! Unbridled commitment to truth! A willingness to stand alone! But it’s more than that; it’s a willingness to stand against 400 false prophets plus a king. This is what God needs from you and me. Can we ever be that? It can happen by letting the courageous Jesus into our hearts today. It can happen by making a choice for right in every little decision we face. Be brave!
Pastor Scott Griswold