Read – 2 Chronicles 18
Focus v. 14-16
Ahab was one of the most evil kings of the northern kingdom in regard to leading the people in the worship of false gods. When Jehoshaphat requests that they consult a prophet of the Lord, Ahab is not pleased. He agrees to call in Micaiah and the scene is almost comical. Micaiah is pressured by the messenger who summons him to agree with the prophets of Baal who have prophesied victory for King Ahab over the Syrians. Micaiah is very terse with the messenger telling him he will only speak what the Lord tells him to speak. Then when the king asks him if they should go up against the Syrians Micaiah first tells the king what he knows the king wants to hear. Rather than being pleased, the king rebukes Micaiah reminding him to only speak the truth. It is almost as if Ahab says “Don’t troll me dude, you know that’s not true.”
What is most interesting about Ahab’s response is that it becomes evident that Ahab already knows that the Lord is not with him in this endeavor. Even more surprising is that he actually believes that his god Baal will give him victory even though the Lord is against him. This is verified further by Ahab’s plan when he goes into battle. He disguises himself and sets Jehoshaphat up as a decoy but despite his carefully laid plan Ahab is hit by an unnamed archer who randomly shoots an arrow into the fray.
The moral of the story seems to be, if God is against you, it doesn’t matter who you think is for you, you will not succeed.
For me that provides motivation to live and walk in obedience and submission to God as Jehoshaphat did so that even when you get set up as a decoy by a snake like Ahab, the Lord protects you when you call on Him.