When I was a resident, I had a professor who was an excellent diagnostic pathologist. Occasionally, he would come upon a rare diagnosis and would consult with other experts in the field. When he received the report from the consulting pathologist and if it agreed with his diagnosis he would exclaim, “Dr. Smith agrees with me so he must be a pretty good pathologist!”
I always chuckle when I reminisce about this statement. I, also, find myself thinking more favorably about others whose opinion agrees with mine. After all, who wants conflict?
So the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “There is still one man by whom we may inquire of the Lord; but I hate him, because he never prophesies good concerning me, but always evil. He is Micaiah the son of Imla.”
2 Chronicles 18:7
This passage in 2 Chronicles depicts the ungodly attitude of King Ahab of Israel. He only liked a prophet if he prophesied good things about him. Thus he looked upon the prophet Micaiah with disdain because he only prophesied evil about King Ahab. But King Jehoshaphat of Judah prevailed upon him to persuade Ahab to inquire of Micaiah. And when he did prophesy evil and judgment, what was Ahab’s unsurprising response? ”Did I not tell you he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?”
God’s Word may not always agree with our plans. But we need to only seek God’s approval, not the approval of others. We need to be honest with ourselves and the only way to do this is to honest before God.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.