Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 22; 2 Chronicles 18,19; Colossians 4
Today’s Key Passage – 2 Chronicles 18:1-28
In today’s key passage, we read the story of Jehoshaphat’s alliance with Ahab. Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, was a man who followed God, but Ahab, the king of Israel, was evil. Jehoshaphat aligned himself with Ahab by allowing his son to marry Ahab’s daughter Athaliah. This decision would later haunt Jehoshaphat, but that is a story for another day. In today’s passage, Ahab asked Jehoshaphat to help him attack Ramoth Gilead, and Jehoshaphat immediately agreed. Jehoshaphat told Ahab that they should seek the counsel of God, so Ahab called 400 false prophets and asked them if they should attack Ramoth Gilead. The false prophets, only concerned with keeping the king happy, told Ahab that an attack would be successful. Jehoshaphat knew that these prophets were not speaking for God, so he asked Ahab if there were any true prophets they could call on for advice, and Ahab suggested they speak with Micaiah. When the prophet Micaiah arrived, he told Jehoshaphat and Ahab that the attack would not succeed and that Ahab would be killed in battle. This prophesy angered Ahab and led to the imprisonment of Micaiah, but it also created a big problem for Jehoshaphat. He had done the right thing in seeking God’s advice about the attack, but God’s advice that the attack would not be successful clashed with the commitment Jehoshaphat made to attack Ramoth Gilead. In the end, Jehoshaphat chose to disregard God’s advice and attack Ramoth Gilead with Ahab. Jehoshaphat was almost killed in the battle, and Ahab lost his life as predicted by the prophet.
Jehoshaphat’s error is an easy one for all of us to repeat. He was correct in seeking God’s counsel, but the problem was he had already made up his mind about how he was going to proceed. When God’s advice did not match his expectations, he chose to disregard God and continue down his intended path. Anytime we make up our minds about how we should act in a certain situation prior to consulting God, we run the risk of falling into this same trap. Once our minds are set or we have committed to one course of action, it becomes easy for us to ignore God’s advice if it contradicts our expectations. It is not enough for us to simply seek God’s counsel; we must be willing and ready to also act in obedience to God’s will and His plan. From our story today, we learn the importance of seeking God’s will with an open mind, and we learn the importance of not deciding on a course of action without God’s instructions. The next time you are facing a decision, go to God first. When you find out His will, act in obedience even if His will is different from your expectations. When we commit to doing things God’s way instead of our own way, we will never have to worry about going down the wrong path.
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