Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 20:1-21:29
One problem that plagues the people today is the plague of “Selective Hearing”. In other words, we hear only that part of a message that agrees with our own point of view and we discard anything that doesn’t agree with us.
Ahab was the most evil king that Israel ever had. 1 Kings 21:25 we read God’s opinion of the character of Ahab, “But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.” Ahab, evil though he was, still understood that Israel needed to think that the Lord God was with them before they went into battle so he called for 400 “prophets” to come and prophesy for his coming victory over Syria. These so called “prophets” were nothing more than “yes men” or false prophets who ticked the ears of Ahab and always had good things to say to him. After all, that was what Ahab wanted to hear and they were no fools. If Ahab didn’t like your prophecy he could put you to death. As a result of this threat hanging over them, they told Ahab exactly what they thought Ahab would want to hear.
Have you ever felt that you needed an answer from God concerning anything in your life, but you were afraid of what the answer would be? It’s far more pleasant to have someone say something good about your life than to hear the truth. In fact, we often go to great lengths so that we don’t have to hear the truth. We will choose to talk to and listen to only those who we already know will agree with us. We don’t want to really know the truth. We just want someone else to agree with us and put a stamp of approval on what we wanted in the first place. It is as though their agreement with us gives us a false sense of being right and we rush headlong into disobedience of the Word of God.
Ahab was content to hear what he wanted to hear and didn’t care if it were true or not. But Jehoshaphat still feared God and asked if there were any prophets in Israel who were not “yes men” to the king? Sometimes we have to stand alone in our faith in God. Remember this: that God alone makes a majority and it’s always best to be on his team regardless of how many people disagree or stand against you and persecute you.
Matthew 10:28 says it another way, “… fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Just think about it. Even if you lose the battle with men you still win with God.