There were two kings sitting on their thrones making decisions for their countries. There were prophets in front of them telling them that God would give them victory over their enemies. The problem was that the prophets were false prophets. God had not sent them, nor had he made any promises for victory.
How were the kings supposed to know that? How were they supposed to know whether the prophets were right or not?
Good question. The kings were constantly told what they wanted to hear and they were tempted to believe it. It took great faith and humility to listen to the voice of God from a true prophet.
We, too, are confronted with conflicting viewpoints. And we, too, are tempted to believe what we want to hear. How can we know what God is saying?
The problem is that evil spirits are real and they lie very effectively. They are highly skilled at telling us what we want to hear all the while they lead us into traps.
The good news is that God is greater than any evil spirit and we can hear his voice through his word. We have an advantage that these kings did not: We have the Bible. The Bible is God’s voice in his inerrant word. It is vital for us to read his word to hear his voice and know the truth.
There will always be false teachers. There will always be temptation to listen only to what we want to hear and to believe what we want to believe. We have to go the Word of God. God’s word is our only sure guide, the only source of eternal truth.
God leads us to truth and to freedom and to life. Let’s listen to him and do what he says.
1 Kings 22:5,7-8 (EHV)
5But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the word of the Lord.” …
7But Jehoshaphat said, “Is there no longer a prophet of the Lord here who can inquire of the Lord for us?”
8Then the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “There is one man who could inquire of the Lord for us, but I hate him because he does not prophesy anything good about me, but only bad. He is Micaiah son of Imlah.”
Jehoshaphat said, “The king should not talk like that.”
God bless you,
Worship at Trinity
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1501 Thomas St.
Marinette, WI 54143