“There is still one prophet through whom we can enquire of the Lord, but I hate him because he never prophesies anything good about me, but always bad.”
Such is the complaint of one King Ahab to the inquiry of King Jehoshaphat.
Which sounds eerily familiar to the complaints of one current “king.” And to those who are unable to, or refuse to, pause for even a brief moment of self reflection.
Rather than change one’s behavior in light of the truth, these “bad, very bad” prophecies are conventiently labeled fake news.
As the hawks squawk their tiresome calls to war, we might want to listen carefully to the still small voice of peace. And to the consequences of mistaking affirmation of one’s intention as validation from God.
In the words of Micaiah,
“So now the Lord has put a deceiving spirit in the mouths of these prophets of yours. The Lord has decreed disaster for you.”
I’m not making this up. You can read the full story in 2 Chronicles 18:1-19:3.