Applications from 1 Kings
In the text here, Ahab has grown impatient with Syria. After 3 years of peace they still have not fulfilled their treaty and given up the lands promised. Ahab and Jehoshaphat (Kings of Israel and Judah) decide together to go and take Ramoth as it is rightly theirs. Before they do Jehoshaphat asks Ahab to seek God’s wisdom/blessing. Ahab gathers 400 prophets who all tell him it is God’s will to go to war. Jehoshaphat asks if there is not another prophet of the Lord. Ahab says there is Micaiah, but he hates him because he never brings good news!
Micaiah eventually tells the Kings that they should not go to war. This angers Ahab and he decides Micaiah should be put in prison. As we will find out next time, they go to war and Ahab is killed.
Jehoshaphat was willing to work with Ahab. He had a family alliance via marriage. He agreed that the move to recover Ramoth was beneficial. But he felt they should seek God’s will before moving forward.
No matter how open and shut a situation is, always seek God’s will. Pray about everything. Why would we ever not pray about something? We have access to the creator and ruler of the universe. We can speak with Him at anytime. Pray about everything.Consult scripture for wisdom. Get advice from trusted Godly friends.
Always seek God’s wisdom no matter how obviously right a situation may seem.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN
This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.