Micaiah’s greatest crime was refusing to tell the king what he wanted to hear. So, it’s ironic that the one time Micaiah actually said what the king wanted him to say, he wouldn’t receive it.
King Ahab of Israel had sought an alliance with King Jehoshaphat to attack neighboring Aram in hopes of reclaiming the Israelite city of Ramoth Gilead. Jehoshaphat was willing to cooperate, under 1 condition: “’First seek the counsel of the Lord,’ he insisted (1Ki. 22:5). Ahab obliged… by summoning 400 pagan prophets, who immediately promised success. But, Jehoshaphat was not convinced; he asked whether or not there were any true prophets of God left in Israel!
Apparently there was only 1 left who was still on speaking terms with King Ahab: Micaiah, a prophet of Samaria. The mere mention of his name must have put Ahab in a foul mood: “I hate him… because he never prophesies anything good about me,” he complained (1Ki. 22:8). This said more about King Ahab than it did Micaiah.
But, King Jehoshaphat insisted… and Micaiah was summoned. Evidently, Micaiah had given Ahab counsel before… only to have it ignored or thrown back in his face. So, this time, Micaiah opted for sarcasm; he repeated exactly what Ahab’s false prophets had said (1Ki. 22:5). Suspicious, King Ahab demanded the truth… the REAL truth! So, Micaiah obliged him. Not only did he predict King Ahab’s death in battle; he also claimed God had allowed an evil spirit to enter the 400 false prophets in order to entice King Ahab into battle.
That news did not go over well. The leader of the false prophets, Zedekiah, slapped Micaiah… and King Ahab ordered God’s true prophet thrown into prison.
Micaiah’s fate is unknown, but his prophecy was vindicated when King Ahab fell in battle with Aram.
Why do so many people prefer to avoid the truth?
When most of us seek advice, we tend to seek out advice from people who will tell us what we want to hear. So… really… of what value is that advice?
And what about when you’re the one who’s asked to give advice, or to give your opinion, or given an opportunity to take a stand? In your desire to be liked… or to avoid unpleasantness, do you have a tendency to twist the truth… or be weak?
We do not honor God when we lie. In fact, when we distort the truth – by telling less than the truth – we are actually honoring the father of lies – Satan himself!
So, while others might find our fiction flattering, God finds it offensive. He is the God of truth! In fact, Jesus spoke of Himself as being the Truth!!
Commit, today, to being honest… no matter what.
* We should speak the truth – especially when asked – regardless of the consequences.
You can read Micaiah’s story in 1Kings 22:1-28 & 2Chronicles 18:1-27.