“But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, ‘First seek the counsel of the Lord.'” 1 Kings 22:5
Can you relate to feeling like you have a lot of decisions to make (and circumstances that require action) right in front of you?
Every time something changes or comes up, we want to know what God is saying.
Have you ever had a word of advice or heard something clearly from God, but didn’t really like what it was saying? Haha… I have. Many times a word like wait or no just tend to rub me the wrong way, you know? I mean, obviously that can’t be true, right?!
A week ago, I was reading through 1 Kings 22 and this passage really struck me. The king of Israel (Ahab) asks Jehoshaphat the king of Judah to go to war with him against Aram. Jehoshaphat says that he will, but he wants to inquire of the Lord. There were many other prophets (speaking for other gods) speaking of their imminent victory, but he still wanted to check with God first.
At first, it sounds like a really great idea! You know, you ask God– check with your advisors, and then make a decision.
What if they tell you what you don’t want to hear?
Like I was saying earlier, those pesky words like no or wait scratch at the back of your ear and just won’t leave you alone. What do you do? Well, there are a lot of things.
Yet, I’ve found that it’s really easy to ignore the warning or the advice and go with what I feel like doing. Isn’t it so easy to hear what we want when it’s in our advantage?
Oh, God didn’t really mean that because… Uh… I mean, it’s Thursday and Thursday just isn’t the kind of day God would say no on. No. That’s more of a late Tuesday kind of thing. Yeah.
Today I was reading through Jonah and it reminded me of the passage I read last week. King Ahab and Jehoshaphat end up ignoring the prophet Micaiah and going into battle anyways. King Ahab ends up dying in the battle and what God had warned them about comes to pass… In the end, hearing what they wanted and ignoring the unfavourable word cost them a lot.
For Jonah, God told him to go to Nineveh. Jonah knew that if he went to Nineveh and warned them about their destruction that they would repent and turn from their horrible ways. He didn’t really like Nineveh, so he didn’t go there, at first. He went in the opposite direction, in fact.
Hearing the truth can be really hard. Telling someone the truth can be even harder. I know this. It’s one thing to see the truth that someone else is ignoring, but when the truth hits you like a ton of bricks and knocks the wind out of you, it’s a different story.
If you’re feeling like God’s saying no, or you’re being advised in a way that you don’t like, don’t ignore it. Take heart in knowing that those no’s come from a place of complete love.
God sees the whole picture in entirety. He knows exactly what He’s doing and He has our best interests at heart more than we do. We can trust Him.
Don’t brush off a word just because it’s not what feels good in the moment. I really wish that someone would’ve told me this. It’s the hard truth… but it’s the truth and it’s good.