It sounds like things you might hear on an elementary school playground, right?
I think it’s far more reaching than our playground years. If we don’t like what we hear, if we don’t hear what we want…we tune out.
We do this in many ways concerning the things of God in our life. Not attending church, changing churches (often,) or not reading our Bibles.
We pre-determine what we want the message to be, and we don’t want to risk hearing something which might upset our apple-cart.
Jehoshaphat wanted to seek God’s opinion with King Ahab, before they went to war together, in 2nd Chronicles, Chapter 18.
Jehoshaphat wants God’s will before they proceed.
King Ahab, wants his ears tickled.
It quickly becomes apparent that King Ahab didn’t want to hear from a real prophet of God, he “hated” the prophet because, “he never has anything good to prophesy about me.”
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. 2 Chronicles 18:6-7
The thing is, if we don’t listen to God, how will we know the truth?
Want to be Weary by Wednesday?
Shut down all avenues for God to speak to you.
And, if the message is something you don’t want to hear, don’t consider where you might need to make changes.
The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Didn’t I tell you that he never prophesies anything good about me, but only bad?” 2 Chronicles 18:17
If you read the rest of chapter 18, you’ll find this didn’t end well for Ahab. It doesn’t have to end bad for us. Take some time and see what God has to speak into your life today.
Thanks for sharing your Wednesday with me.