Can anyone find a man like this man?

This week’s post is taken from the brief mention of a prophet known as Micaiah found in 2 Chronicles 18.

To set the context, Jehoshaphat, one of the kings of Judah, and Ahab (the king of Israel) wanted to go to war against the king of Syria. As was customary in those days, coupled with the fact that Jehoshaphat was one of those kings who was committed to God, they wanted to seek God’s opinion on the matter to ensure divine success. So they called together all the prophets who began to prophesy what King Ahab wanted to hear. Then we read of this interesting statement by Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 18:6-7:

But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no longer a prophet of the LORD here whom we can inquire of? The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, “There is still one prophet through whom we can inquire of the LORD, but I hate him because he never prophesies anything good about me, but always bad. He is Micaiah son of Imlah.” “The king should not say such a thing,” Jehoshaphat replied…

Let’s stop and think for a moment. This statement would imply that Jehoshaphat knew that there was an authority missing on the subject. The scriptures are silent on how Jehoshaphat knew that somebody still needed to be consulted.

Micaiah was such a man. True to form, this prophet is the only one who delivers the actual word of God. As the story unfolds, Micaiah appears before the kings and tells them what they want to hear (vs 14). Then we come to this interesting statement in verse 15:

The king said to [Micaiah], “How many times must I make you swear to tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?”

In other words, here was a prophet whose voice was worth listening to and waiting for. He had an authority before God and man. His voice stood out amongst others. Clearly, he was a man who dwelt in the presence of God.

This brings us to the application today. Do people respect you because you stand in the counsel of God and are able to hear accurately? The challenge to us as believers – particularly those of us who have been in the faith for a while is simply this – do people wait to hear what you/we have to say?

This reminds me of another biblical character, Joseph, the Prime Minister of Egypt; the scripture records in Genesis 41:39-40:

Then Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is a divine spirit?” So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has informed you of all this, there is no one so discerning and wise as you are. “You shall be over my house, and according to your command all my people shall do homage; only in the throne I will be greater than you.”

What do people say and see about us? That we carry the word, wisdom and counsel of God that the world thinks is worth waiting for? If not, perhaps we need to spend more time in the counsel of God, so that we say only the things we hear the Father saying.

In whatever sphere of influence to which God has given us access, we can still relate to those around us by bringing the counsel and wisdom of God into the situation.

May God give us divine utterances that command the world’s attention.

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About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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