Inspired by 2 Chronicles 18:12-22
“The messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah said to him, ‘Look, the words of the prophets with one accord are favorable to the king; let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak favorably.’ But Micaiah said, ‘As the Lord lives, whatever my God says, that I will speak.’” 2 Chronicles 18:12-13 (NRSV)
There can be a great deal of pressure to follow the crowd. Those with authority make a show of seeking input from others before they make a decision, but it’s clear what they want to hear. Those who wish to find favor with powerful people understand this, and abandon the truth for sycophantic advice. The powerful reward those who feed their egos and punish those who point out flaws in their desired courses of action. The problem is not with the plan, they reason, but with those who advise against it.
Micaiah was the only prophet in all Israel who spoke the word of the Lord. The other four hundred prophets all told the king what he wanted to hear, and Micaiah was instructed to do the same. Yet despite the threat to his own health and well being—he was ultimately put in prison for his words—he held fast to the true prophecy given by God. The king disregarded his words and instead followed the advice of those who told him only what he wanted to hear, and met his own destruction.
We may ignore the truth in favor of our own desires and ideals, but reality does not change because we ignore it. No matter how many people we can convince to tell us what we want to hear, events will still unfold as truth dictates. Whether you are one of the powerful trying to decide on a course of action or someone asked to support that decision, seek the counsel of the Lord. Be open to hearing his truth, and adjust your actions accordingly.
Let us pray. Lord of power and might, you created the universe and remain active in the lives of your people. Grant us the wisdom and the courage to proclaim your truth, that we may work to make your will a reality. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.