1 Corinthians 8; 1 Kings 21; Amos 6
People can do crazy things. Somehow, Jehoshaphat, who was described as doing right by God, became friends with Ahab, who was described as evil. Jehoshaphat went to visit Ahab and they decided that they hadn’t gone to war with Syria for a while and Ahab wanted to get a city back. Ahab called all the prophets in who prophesied that God would give them victory. Jehoshaphat was impressed, but not enough. He asked for a prophet of Jehovah God. Ahab brought him out reluctantly and sure enough, Micaiah predicted that the battle would fail and Ahab would die. So, here’s where it gets weird. Ahab gave orders to lock up Micaiah until his return and STILL convinced Jehoshaphat to go to war. If that isn’t strange enough, “And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, ‘I will disguise myself and go into battle; but you put on your robes.’ So the king of Israel disguised himself and went into battle.” (I Kings 22:30) In short, Ahab told Jehoshaphat that even though the prophecy from Jehovah God was bad, they should still go to war AND that he, Ahab, would disguise himself but that Jehoshapat should make himself a target. Jehoshaphat agreed! To make a long story short, the Syrians tried to single out the king of Israel. They didn’t attack Jehoshaphat when they realized that the decoy wasn’t the king of Israel. Ahab, meanwhile, was killed by a stray arrow. His disguise didn’t prevent the judgment of God. We may shake our heads at Ahab and yet how often do we disguise our actions hoping that God won’t see our disobedience. We make excuses, we blame public opinion, we take research polls, or we blame our inner feelings, but we go against God’s plans and we approve of those who do and expect no consequences for our action. God has certain standards and expectations regarding our actions and attitudes. When we seek God’s plan we should always follow His guidance – not seek it to consider it.
Oh Lord, I stray from Your plan because of my own desires. For some reason, I think my way is better than Yours or that You don’t know what You’re doing. I hide my rebellion by claiming that everyone is doing it, or that times have changed or any of a myriad of excuses; but in truth, I know that I am rebelling. Forgive me. Set me on a path of righteousness. Even as You show me grace and forgiveness, let me show grace and forgiveness to others.