But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no longer a prophet of the Lord here whom we can inquire of?” The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, “There is still one prophet through whom we can inquire of the Lord, but I hate him because he never prophesies anything good about me, but always bad. He is Micaiah son of Imlah.”
(1 Kings 22:7-8 NIV)
Ahab, king of Israel, wanted to retake Ramoth Gilead, an Israelite city, from the king of Aram. However, before going to war with Ahab against Aram, Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, suggested that they seek the Lord’s counsel first. So Ahab summoned about four hundred prophets who gave him the answer he was looking for, “Go…for the Lord will give it [Ramoth Gilead] into the king’s hand” (1 Kings 22:6). However, Jehoshaphat wasn’t so convinced. He wanted to hear from a true prophet of the Lord. Ahab once again complied, but he wasn’t very thrilled because Micaiah wasn’t the type of prophet who gave him a favourable answer, even though Micaiah spoke the truth. How many times do we overlook someone’s advice just because it doesn’t sound good to us, but which could be helpful to us? Refusing to listen to Micaiah cost Ahab his life. When you earnestly seek God’s guidance about a certain matter, be willing to listen to His answer, even if it’s not necessarily what you want to hear.
Train your ears to listen to the truth, even when it’s not favourable.