Applications from 1 Kings
If you read the last post, Pray About Everything, please skip ahead to the application.
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.
Ahab had 400 prophets who agreed this was God’s plan. Jehoshaphat wondered, “Is there anyone else we can ask?” As dominant as mainstream can become, it never hurts to ask someone else. That one person, book, or idea may be the key to getting to the heart of the matter. Ask someone else.
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.