In my time with the Lord this morning, I was reading 1 Kings 22:1-14. This a very present day prophetic word (as is all Scripture). Ahab gets in his mind an idea that he is going to recapture Ramoth-Gilead, a city of refuge (Deut. 4:43) just east of the Jordan River, that Syria claimed to be theirs. To accomplish this military feat, he turns to Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, who agrees initially to assist in the operation. Before they launch into this pursuit, Jehoshaphat suggests that they “inquire first for the word of the Lord” (22:5). This is what kings under God’s control are to do. Ahab complied and “gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men” (22:6). But Jehoshaphat was concerned there maybe “another prophet of the Lord whom we may inquire” (22:7). He is making a distinction that Ahab, as an evil king, could not make. There are prophets and there are “prophets of the Lord”.
There is such a prophet. Micaiah is summoned by a messenger and told, “Behold, the words of the prophets with one accord are favorable to the king. Let your word be like the word of one of them and speak favorably” (22:13). Micaiah is not so fast to agree with such a demand. There is a higher priority which he makes very clear. “But Micaiah said, “As the Lord lives, what the Lord says to me, that I will speak”” (22:14).
There is an unprecedented need today for Micaiah’s. So many follow the popular voice of religious leaders, but rarely listen to what God says through His Word. In a few places, God is raising up those who are returning to the Word of the Lord, the Scriptures, as their sole authority for life and ministry. It is through them the Spirit is igniting a fire of revival that is renewing the church and accomplishing what only the Spirit can do. The question that comes out of this observation is whether we want to follow the crowd or follow the Lord? Which is your preference?
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