“All in favor, say ‘aye.’ All opposed, ‘nay.’”
We’ve likely all been in a meeting where such a vote was taken. Long ago, a little-known prophet in Israel found himself in a similar situation. Together, the kings of both Israel and Judah were considering going to war against Ramoth Gilead. To their credit, they paused long enough to ask the opinion of Israel’s prophets. Scripture records the outcome of that vote:
“Go,” they answered, “for God will give it into the king’s hand.” (2 Chronicles 18:5)
But, Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, sensed something wasn’t right, so he asked his peer, “Is there no longer a prophet of the Lord here whom we can inquire of?” (v. 6) Jehoshaphat recognized there was a difference between being a prophet of Israel, and being a prophet of the Lord. That prophet, named Micaiah, was summoned, and brought before the two kings and the 400 other prophets. He was quickly briefed on the scenario being considered and, importantly, he was told how the other 400 had already voted.
Initially, Micaiah echoed the words of the others. But, then he recanted and decided to stand alone – telling the kings that God was trying to entice Ahab into battle so that he could be killed. For his courage and honesty, Micaiah was slapped in the face and then imprisoned. But he had stood his ground and said only what God had told him to say.
Friends, sometimes we’re called to stand alone. Speaking God’s truth in a culture that seems to have little room for Him is no longer a popular thing. But, He is pleased when we say “nay” in a world full of “ayes.” –Dave
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