1 KINGS 22:1-4 1 For three years there was no war between Aram and Israel. 2 But in the third year Jehoshaphat king of Judah went down to see the king of Israel. 3 The king of Israel had said to his officials, “Don’t you know that Ramoth Gilead belongs to us and yet we are doing nothing to retake it from the king of Aram?” 4 So he asked Jehoshaphat, “Will you go with me to fight against Ramoth Gilead?” Jehoshaphat replied to the king of Israel, “I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.”
CONFRONTING THE TRUTH IN A CRISIS.
CONSEQUENCES OF TRUTH IN A CRISIS.
COMFORT OF TRUTH IN A CRISIS.
1 KINGS 22:5 5 But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the LORD.” Our failures and victories in life are always determined by our response to God’s truth that’s presented to us in a time of crisis.
a) He wants the truth he wants.
1 KINGS 22:6 6 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.” 1 KINGS 22:11-12 11 Now Zedekiah son of Kenaanah had made iron horns and he declared, “This is what the LORD says: ‘With these you will gore the Arameans until they are destroyed.’ ” 12 All the other prophets were prophesying the same thing. “Attack Ramoth Gilead and be victorious,” they said, “for the LORD will give it into the king’s hand.”
b) He hates the truth he doesn’t want.
1 KINGS 22:7 7 But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no longer a prophet of the LORD here whom we can inquire of?” 1 KINGS 22:8 8 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.”