Speaking the Truth of God

 

1 Kings 22:13-14

The messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah said to him, “Look, the other prophets without exception are predicting success for the king. Let your word agree with theirs, and speak favourably.” But Micaiah said, “As surely as the Lord lives, I can tell him only what the Lord tells me.”

It can be very discouraging for preachers and pastors who seek to speak the truth of God into the lives they shepherd when the people call for “ear tickling”. The Bible speaks of a time when “They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.” (2 Timothy 4:3)

It seems that we have entered an era where people want feel good messages and preachers have watered down the Gospel. For those preachers and pastors who want to continue to speak God’s truth it’s getting harder because of the pressure to conform or risk losing people to the “more positive” churches.

Well take heart from the story of Micaiah!

Micaiah was a prophet of God during the reigns of King Jehoshaphat of Judah and King Ahab of Israel. The Jews were at war with the King of Syria. The agreement between Jehoshaphat and Ahab was shaky at best and the wicked Ahab was pressuring Jehoshaphat into sending more soldiers. Jehoshaphat was a man of God and wanted to seek God’s will and consult the prophets.

All of Ahab’s prophets were ‘yes men’ and would tell Ahab whatever he wanted. But Jehoshaphat wanted to hear from Micaiah who was in prison.

Ahab pressured Micaiah to agree with his prophets and give a more “positive” assessment. But Micaiah courageously refused.

He spoke the truth: This battle would mean Ahab’s humiliation and death.

Micaiah resisted Ahab’s pressure and faithfully spoke what God had communicated to him.

Speaking God’s truth is not always positive and not always easy. Along with the Good News of the Gospel there is also some tough love that needs to be spoke into people’s live. That is a task that pastors and preachers must never steer away from. God’s people must stand with their leaders during these times and be encouraged that their leaders have not given in to ear tickling and remain faithful to God.

 

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