Facing Pressure to Conform

The messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah said to him, ‘Look, the other prophets without exception are predicting success for the king. Let your word agree with theirs, and speak favourably.’ But Micaiah said, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, I can tell him only what my God says.’  2 Chronicles‬ ‭18‬:‭12-13‬ (NIV)

Imagine the pressure Michaiah faced as he was summoned to appear before Ahab (king of Isreal) and Jehoshaphat (king of Judah).  Four hundred prophets in Israel prophesied (without exception) that Ahab and Jehoshaphat would be successful in their war against Ramoth Gilead.  What was Micaiah to do?

Despite the pressure, Micaiah said he could only prophesy what God wanted him to say.  However, when you read the account in 2 Chronicles 18:14 it looks as if Michaiah had capitulated to the presure as he seems to agree with the other prophets.  But he knew that Ahab wouldn’t believe him and sure enough Ahab questions him, ‘How many times must I make you swear to tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the Lord?.  

Micaiah gives Ahab and Jehoshaphat a clear message from God that disaster awaits if they go to war.  Despite this, they choose to ignore what Micaiah told them and they go to war.  The result is that Ahab dies as predicted.

What happened to Micaiah?  We are told in verses 26-27 that he was ordered to be put in prison.  Not a very satisfactory result for someone telling the truth.

Sometimes in the Christian life we are put under enormous pressure to conform.  Sometimes it can be very subtle, but many times the views of Christians seem to fly in the face of popular opinion.  At the moment in 2015 there is pressure on Christians to conform to a worldview that questions the very basis of our faith and also questions the Bible upon which we base our faith.  In the face of this pressure we can repeat what Micaiah said – ‘As surely as the Lord lives, I can tell … only what my God says’.

Every blessing


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Author: profsloan

The purpose of this blog is to encourage others to read the Bible daily and to grow in Christ. Each day I will generally publish a devotional or a reading for the day, together with a prayer.

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