Criticism Not Welcomed Here 01

In 1 Kings 22 we read of reuniting of the Kings of Israel and Judah. Ever since Rehoboam had come to power, the kingdom had split. We get a little insight in 2 Chronicles 19 that it was a marriage that brought the two dynasties together between Jehoshaphat and Ahab.

Ahab decides to attack Ramoth-gilead and he solicits the support of his new ally King Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat is all game provided the Lord is an agreement with the plans. I guess Ahab half heard Jehoshaphat because he called prophets. It's just that they were those same kinda prophets who couldn't do anything on Mt. Carmel not long before. But he called 400 of them and led by Zedekiah, they all gave Ahab their blessing.

Jehoshaphat still unsettled about the matter asks more plainly, Isn't there yet a prophet of the Lord of whom we may inquire? Ahab says, "Yes, but he never has anything good to say about me!"

Ahab, shouldn't that say something to you?! At some point it seems it's time to do some self-examination. Why is it that you can't get a good word from God? So like Ahab, so many of us are more content to look for folk who are going to make us feel good about our sinful selves than to tell us the truth about ourselves. At some point, when the Word of the Lord comes, we have to make a decision to change. For if we do not change, God's assessment of our spiritual condition won't change because God's standard remains the same.


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