The king of Israel replied to Jehoshaphat, “There is one more man who could consult the Lord for us, but I hate him. He never prophesies anything but trouble for me! His name is Micaiah son of Imlah.”
Jehoshaphat replied, “That’s not the way a king should talk! Let’s hear what he has to say” (1 Kings 22:8 New Living Translation).
King Ahab and King Jehoshaphat were conversing one day about whether or not to join forces in attacking the town of Ramoth-gilead to recover it. King Jehoshaphat said he would help King Ahab, but wanted to consult the Lord first before attacking. Ahab complied, calling his prophets to come join them. After hearing all the sycophants, Jehoshaphat asked for a prophet of the Lord to ask the same question. Ahab reluctantly agreed to call the prophet, but indicated how he hated him for always prophesying trouble. Jehoshaphat replied with leadership advice, stating kings shouldn’t talk that way and they should hear what he has to say.
God desires some of us to rise to leadership positions, and He will place people in our paths He desires to use prophetically. We may not always like what we hear, but if we are in leadership positions, we should not speak negatively about the people serving under us. Many ministries fail because leaders look for, and employ, yes-men to tell them everything they want to hear, ignoring the word the Lord is speaking simply because they don’t like the person bringing the word. Many leaders forget that when God brings something we don’t like, it’s because He’s got something better and wants us to stop pursuing what has no value at this time. When God sends a prophet with a different word than what we have been hearing, it should bring reflection to make sure we are not simply following what we want to hear. We need to consider all we hear and not just go with the crowd.
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for this day! Thank You for correcting us when we are wrong and pointing out when we have begun to follow the crowd and not Your leading. Father, may we not surround ourselves with sycophants, but may we be surrounded with men and women who desire to see Your Kingdom come to earth, who desire to do Your work and follow Your ways. May You strengthen Your chosen leaders, removing any itching ears and filling them with Your Spirit. May You prune and weed out those who do evil in Your sight, leading Your people astray and may You teach Your leaders how to talk. Father, we love You and give You all our worship and praise. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: We cannot effectively lead others without the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and we need to surround ourselves with strong, Godly people who are not afraid to speak the truth in love to us. If you are in a leadership position, ask God to help you look at how you lead – do you always look for someone to agree with you, or do you welcome differing points of view. Is God your go-to person?
Additional Scriptures: 2 Kings 3:11; 2 Timothy 4:3