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Truth: We ask for advice even when we don't really want any.

Posted by Joshua Claycamp on

Truth is something that we should chase after, even if we don't like it. What good does it do to hide from the truth? What do we accomplish by refusing to face the bad news?

“And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “Inquire first for the word of the Lord.” Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said to them, “Shall I go to battle against Ramoth-gilead, or shall I refrain?” And they said, “Go up, for the Lord will give it into the hand of the king.” But Jehoshaphat said, “Is there not here another prophet of the Lord of whom we may inquire?” And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the Lord, Micaiah the son of Imlah, but I hate him, for he never prophesies good concerning me, but evil.” And Jehoshaphat said, “Let not the king say so.”” (1 Kings 22:5–8, ESV)

Even in the face of so many would-be "Prophets," Jehoshaphat knew they hadn't quite heard the truth just yet. I wonder how he knew. Did something stand out in the way they spoke the word to these Kings of Israel? Maybe it was the simple fact that there were four hundred of them saying the same thing! When has that ever happened before? What is even more amazing is that King Ahab seemed perfectly content with the false message that these 400 prophets were bringing because it suited his fancy. Even though we are talking about battle (armed conflict!), Ahab is happy with a false answer.

It begs the question, why bother asking if you already know what you want to do? Why go through the motion of seeking counsel if you don't really want any counsel? I think it is because, deep down, we all are aware of our humble limitations. We just don't believe our limitations, that we are limited in what we can do or limited in our own judgment or limited in our own perspectives. We are aware. We just refuse to acknowledge it.

Friend, seek counsel. Trust those who know the Word of God and ask their genuine opinion. Seek their counsel. Look for advice from your pastor. And when they speak to you, listen. Listen long. Listen carefully. Listen with a view towards obeying Christ and honoring the Word. Too many Christians attend church these days with no desire to actually submit and honor the Word of God as it is preached to them. Truth matters. I pray that you will be a truth-seeker for real and not for pretend.

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