Let me start off by saying, I don’t believe anyone has an idea and says, you know, this is a really bad idea. Most of the time, we love our own ideas. Not only do we love our own ideas, but we want others to love our ideas as well. However, the worst thing a leader can have around them is a “yes” man. Someone who rubber stamps every idea thrown at them. This is the opposite of discretion and wisdom. However, Ahab, the king of Israel wanted to hear only from “yes” men. In our text today, Ahab is going to invite the king of Judah, Jehoshaphat, to come and talk with him about a plan. The plan is for Israel to go and reclaim the land of Remote-Gilead. Ahab knew that he would need help, which is why he was happy to talk with Jehoshaphat. Before agreeing to the plan, Jehoshaphat wanted to inquire of the Lord and make sure this was from God. But Ahab didn’t like someone to stand up to him or challenge his ideas, so he pretty much kept all of the real prophets away from himself. However, he had 400 “yes” men he could call on at any moment. Jehoshaphat realized that these men were not God’s prophets, and so he wanted to know if there was a prophet in the land. Ahab said there was, but there was a problem. 1 Kings 21:8 says, “So the king of Israel (Ahab) said to Jehoshaphat, ‘There is still one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the Lord; but I hate him, because he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil.’ And Jehoshaphat said, ‘Let not the king say such things.'” The rest of the story goes that Micaiah came and told Ahab not to go into battle to reclaim the land, or that he would pay a very heavy price. However, Ahab and Jehoshaphat didn’t listen, they went into battle, and Ahab was killed. What does this story have to do with you and I today, whether we are leaders or not?
The story is about godly wisdom, seeking the Lord, and heeding wise counsel. It is important for you and I to see the Lord in prayer when we are seeking to make an important decision. The decision that Ahab was making, didn’t just affect him, it affected an entire nation. James 1:5 says, “If any man lacks wisdom, let him ask of God.” God wants us to know the right decisions. When something is from God, it is not only good for right now, but it is also going to be good for the future as well. In Proverbs 11:14, Solomon says that “in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” When we are talking about a major decision in our life, it is not wise to make that decision alone. It is like the old saying about a lawyer who wants to represent himself at a trial, “the lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client.” The same is true for you and I when we try to make a decision in isolation. But we also must be careful about who we listen to. We are not seeking the wisdom of man, but rather we need wisdom from God. Set time aside for prayer, and the Bible would even encourage fasting over these life-changing decisions. Have a small group of people who you can talk with. When you feel as though you have some direction, go to your group and tell them what you are feeling led to do, and ask them to pray about that specifically. Then, set time aside to come back and hear from them. It may feel good to have people tell us what we want to hear, but in the end it could end up taking us far from where we want to be, and worse, far from where God desires us to be, and that simply will never be worth it.
By His grace and for His glory,