The school bell has rung, class is now in session.
Resolutions and Goals, are just a couple of buzz words that follow a New Year.
As we make decisions about our goals for 2022, it is important that we consider the motivations and intentions behind those plans. This lesson was taught brilliantly by the Prophet Micaiah, in the Book of 1 Kings, Chapter 22.
King Ahab (King of Israel), and King Jehoshaphat (King of Judah) had an important decision to make. The decision stemmed from a goal of the evil King Ahab to gain control over another city. He knew he could not defeat the army of the neighboring city alone, so he solicited the help of his relative, King Jehoshaphat.
King Ahab shared his plan with King Jehoshaphat, and King Jehoshaphat being a Man of God, asked Ahab if he sought God on the matter. King Ahab decided to send for his 400 prophets. Keep in mind these prophets were called by the king, and not by God. All 400 of the prophets told King Ahab, and King Jehoshaphat if they go forth, and take over the city, they would be successful.
These prophets were known as yes-men to King Ahab, and usually went along with whatever he said. Be careful of “yes-men” types in your life. You do not need people who are always in agreement with you, especially if their agreement does not align with God’s perfect will for your life.
After hearing all 400 of these prophets, prophecy, King Jehoshaphat discerned they may not be hearing from God. He then asked if there was a true Man of God and Prophet in the land? King Ahab answered that there was one, but he did not like to hear from him because he never prophesied anything good to him.
Before making a decision, seek Godly counsel. Pray for discernment that you are not deceived by a wrong source of information.
King Jehoshaphat asked that the man come before them. King Ahab’s servants went to retrieve the Man of God, the Prophet Micaiah. The servant told Micaiah to be sure to agree with King Ahab. Micaiah said, “What the Lord saith unto me, that will I speak” (verse 14).
He stood before both Kings, and all the prophets in a huge arena. Micaiah said to King Ahab, “Go and prosper, for the Lord shall deliver the city into the hand of the king” (verse 15b). King Ahab must have sensed that the prophet was not really speaking what God told him, and instructed him to tell the truth. The truth was not pretty.
The advice you need to hear may not always be the advice you want to hear. Adhere to the truth because it could end up saving your life.
Micaiah told King Ahab the vision he had seen, the vision is quite spectacular, I will put a link below so you can read it for yourself.
Micaiah let King Ahab know he would not survive the battle against the city if he continues with his plan to overtake them, and that his followers would be defeated, and scattered. Micaiah said that King Ahab’s army would be like sheep without a shepherd; scattered because there would no longer be a shepherd to lead them.
The spokesman of the 400 prophets, Zedekiah slapped Micaiah for his prophecy. King Ahab looked at King Jehoshaphat, and whined that he knew Micaiah would not say anything good.
It is natural to respond negatively to truth, especially when it is something you do not want to hear. Take time to reflect on your plans, seek God and make sure you are going in the right direction.
King Ahab ordered for Micaiah to be put in jail until he comes back from the battle safely. King Ahab was afraid, but too greedy to not pursue his goals. He decided to beat his fate by dressing King Jehoshaphat in his royal robes so that the enemy would not recognize him. King Jehoshaphat did not know he was being set up, but God’s protection was on him.
King Ahab was so wicked that he was willing to set up his own relative to get murdered. This why having discernment of spirits is so important, because even a family member or close friend can be a wolf in sheep clothing.
King Jehoshaphat was truly a Man of God, so even though he was wearing the evil king’s attire, He was still protected.
God’s word does not return void, it will accomplish what it sets forth to accomplish; changing clothes was not going to thwart His plans. King Ahab should have known this based previous experience with God.
Let us not follow in his footsteps. When given a warning that could help avoid calamity, adhere to it. There is no room for reckless plans, goals or decisions in 2022.
During the day of battle, King Jehoshaphat was in his chariot, and one of the Syrian soldiers headed straight for him, thinking he was King Ahab. Just as the soldier was about to shoot him with an arrow, King Jehoshaphat cried out to the Lord. The soldier then realized that he was not King Ahab, and retreated.
Cry out to God in the midst of trouble, He can still redeem and protect.
Elsewhere on the battle field, a Syrian soldier, randomly shot an arrow from afar, and it found an opening in King Ahab’s armor. King Ahab ended up bleeding to death in his chariot. When his followers heard of his death, they were defeated and scattered, just as the true Prophet of God said they would.
Resolutions and Goals for 2022
People of God, as you create plans, set goals and make resolutions for this year; make sure they are aligned with God’s perfect will for your life. Do not be like King Ahab, who hatched a plan in his mind, and found 400 prophets to agree with it.
How do you seek His will? You will find Him through His Word, Prayer and communion with Him. He said if you seek Him, you will find Him, and if you draw closer to Him, He will draw closer to you. You need to set aside time for Him this year, and when you do, His perfect plans, and goals for your life will be revealed.
Happy New Year to you all!
Going forward, consider the source behind everything that enters through your eye, and ear gate. Check the source, and origin of the people speaking into your life, and the information you ingest.
There will be times when you will have a crowd of people cheering, and encouraging you towards a goal you want to accomplish, but make sure you are not listening to The 400 Prophets telling you what you want to hear. Who you give ear to will determine your outcome.
The school bell has rung, class dismissed!
The Vision of Micaiah is below if you care to read it in more detail.
A Distressing Vision (1 Kings 22:19-23)
Even though King Ahab was upset with Micaiah’s words, the prophet went on to explain an additional vision God had shown him. It was a curious scene in Heaven. Micaiah saw “the Lord sitting on his throne,” and a host of angels (and perhaps other spiritual beings) standing around God’s throne (verse 19). The Lord said to the angelic host, “Who shall persuade (entice) Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?” (verse 20). God was asking for a volunteer from among the host to go to Ahab and influence him to disregard Micaiah’s prophecy so that he would fall at Ramoth-gilead.
One of the spirits came forward and stood before the Lord and said, “I will persuade (entice) him” (verse 21). When the Lord asked the question “Wherewith?” (or, “How are you going to entice him?”), the spirit replied, “I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets” (verse 22). And the Lord gave the spirit permission to go forth and do that.
It is not necessary for us to press all the details related to this vision. God is accommodating our limited understanding, and so there will likely be some unanswered questions about these verses. In verse 23, after describing the vision, Micaiah spoke directly to King Ahab and said, “The LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.” In essence, Micaiah said to Ahab, “Your prophets may bring you some comfort, but the whole group of counselors is telling lies, and are utterly unreliable.”
The point of the strange vision is this: In some unexplainable manner, God was actively working through Ahab’s false prophets to accomplish His planned divine judgment on Ahab, the wicked king of Israel. (https://biblehelpsinc.org/publication/lessons-from-the-life-of-micaiah/)