So the king of Israel brought together the prophets—about four hundred men—and asked them, “Shall I go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I refrain?” “Go,” they answered, “for the Lord will give it into the king’s hand.” 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. 1 Kings 22:6‭-‬8 NIV

Just as it is in our days so was it in the old, certain persons love to gather around themselves sycophants who only tell them what they want to hear. Anyone with true counsel is repulsive to them and they cannot tolerate such true prophets or counselors coming near them for fear of hearing the truth.

This is what is responsible for the scarcity of true and sound biblical teaching and preaching even in the Church today. Many prefer the lies from the pit of hell to the truth from the mind of God. Also, several correct preachers for the fear of being ignored, rejected, and disregarded have started to modify and adulterate the eternal word of God to soothe their admirers. They are unlike Micaiah, son of Imlah who was not afraid to be in the minority because of the truth.

Frankly speaking, it is tempting to avoid God’s guidance because you know He would not condone your decisions or plans. However, choosing your course without hearing from God through prayers, studying God’s word, and seeking His counsel from the true men of God who would not mince words nor compromise the heartbeat of God is very delicate. It will ultimately lead you to a state of sorrow, confusion, and regret.

There’s nothing as constant as the truth in this life. It is the only way to escape avoidable tragedy both here on earth and hereafter in eternity. Therefore, seek to know the perspective of God about every decision you are to make in life and be willing to humble yourself to embrace and live by it and you shall be saved from eternal sorrow at last.

Remember, you have only one life to live. Never gamble with it. May the Lord Jesus Christ, the Truth Himself arm and equip you with the desire to always hear the truth and obey it. Good morning and do have a prosperous week.

Your brother,

Olufemi Babalola