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Our Daily Bread 5, April 2018

TOPIC- What We Want to Hear April 5, 2018

Read: 2 Chronicles 18:5–27

I hate him because he never prophesies anything good about me, but always bad. 2 Chronicles 18:7

As human beings, we are prone to seek out information that supports the opinions we hold. Research shows that we’re actually twice as likely to look for information that supports our position. When we’re deeply committed to our own way of thinking, we avoid having that thinking challenged by opposing positions.

Our Daily Bread 5, April 2018

Our Daily Bread 5, April 2018

Such was the case in King Ahab’s rule over Israel. When he and Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, discussed whether to go to war against Ramoth Gilead, Ahab gathered 400 prophets—men he’d appointed to that role himself and would, therefore, tell him what he wanted to hear—to help them decide. Each replied he should go, saying “God will give it into the king’s hand” (2 Chronicles 18:5). Jehoshaphat asked whether there was a prophet who had been chosen by God through whom they could inquire of the Lord. Ahab responded reluctantly because God’s prophet, Micaiah, “never prophesies anything good about [him], but always bad” (v. 7). Indeed, Micaiah indicated they wouldn’t be victorious, and the people would be “scattered on the hills” (v. 16).

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Lord, help me to seek and heed Your counsel.
In reading their story, I see how I too tend to avoid wise advice if it isn’t what I want to hear. In Ahab’s case, the result of listening to his “yes men”—400 prophets—was disastrous (v. 34). May we be willing to seek and listen to the voice of truth, God’s words in the Bible, even when it contradicts our personal preferences.

Lord, help me to seek and heed Your counsel even when it’s against my desires or popular thought. Our Daily Bread 5, April 2018

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2 comments

  1. BARBARA JUMPER

    jumperb326@gmail.com
    Being under the leadership of a Man of God, Who is an anointed prophet, I found todays odb. extremely interesting, truthful and soul searching, there are two things I have learned under the leadership of a prophet, (1) Your thoughts and desires are seldom what God gives him to deliver . (2) Because he is a prophet anointed by God, He can discern what we expect him to say, but will only speak what God has given him to say. so you may not always like the answer, but a true prophet, will always deliver to you what God has given to him for YOU

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