Topic: The Road Less Travelled
TEXT: 2 Chronicles 18:13-27
“And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, even what my God saith, that will I speak.” – (2 Chronicles 18:13)
DCLM Daily Manna 7th November 2021 MESSAGE:
You may have heard the saying that “eagles fly alone; crows fly in groups”. The eagle is regarded as the king of birds for its sheer strength, farsightedness, courage and soaring power compared to other birds. The eagle flies above the clouds and can see up to three kilometres ahead. It does not need a crowd of supporters to amass relevance or confidence. Just like the eagle among birds, so is the truly godly person in the midst of other people.
Micaiah’s peculiar nature could not be hidden when he stood among a multitude of false and popular prophets of his time at the king’s court. Jehoshaphat, the god-fearing king of Judah, had unfortunately joined affinity with Ahab, the wicked king of Israel who invited him for assistance in the war against the Syrians. When they consulted the prophets to know the outcome of the war, all, except Micaiah, prophesied victory for Ahab.
King Ahab already knew that Micaiah was uncompromising but had to bring him in on the insistence of Jehoshaphat. In keeping with his character, Micaiah spoke the truth about the impending defeat of Ahab and the resultant distress of Israel. For this, he was punished.
These days, those who dare to uphold the truth and godly values are labelled as idiots and bigots. They are derided and intimidated. Unfortunately, there are many professing Christians whose conviction is so shallow that they easily get swayed by popular opinion and prevailing socio-cultural tide. Some preachers’ ministrations are even shaped by the dictates of the masses. But Micaiah neither craved any of such nor did he flinch from the anger of the king. He resolved that “As the LORD liveth, even what my God, saith, that will I speak.”
Every day presents Christians the opportunity to show their Christlike nature. Our overriding desire must be to please God, not men.
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DCLM Daily Manna 7 November 2021 | Deeper Life Devotional Message was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria