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  • Writer's pictureSimeon Sundar

Micaiah's Vision




I saw the LORD sitting on his throne…(2 Chronicles 18:18)

 

Jehoshaphat, the king of the southern kingdom, and Ahab, the wicked king of the northern kingdom, joined together to go up against Ramoth-Gilead. Before commencing the battle, Jehoshaphat wanted to ask the Lord whether they should go. Around four hundred prophets in the kingdom of Ahab approved this plan because they knew that Ahab desperately wanted to go for this battle, so they did not want to displease him in any way. Jehoshaphat was unhappy with these prophets and insisted that Ahab find another prophet. Ahab had only one other prophet, whose name was Micaiah. Then Ahab said these words about him, “I hate him, for he never prophesies good concerning me, but always evil”(vs.7). Since Jehoshaphat insisted on getting him, he was brought to the court of Ahab with a messenger instructing him to speak only in favor of the king. It is at this juncture we have an important description in the above chapter, “Now the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah were sitting on their thrones, arrayed in their robes...and all the prophets were prophesying before them”(vs.9). So the majestic appearance of the two powerful kings on their thrones caused all the prophets to fear the kings and speak only in favor of them. However, Micaiah was quite different. He wasn’t intimidated by the majestic appearance of two kings on their thrones because his eyes saw “the LORD sitting on His throne”(18:18). How important it is to have the vision of Micaiah! We all see, but what we see is of utmost importance. Often, our vision is limited to the people and the thrones around us, and we succumb to the pressure to please the world and everyone around us. Other times, we get intimidated by those sitting on the thrones and fear our future. The vision of Micaiah is much needed in our times. We need those eyes to see beyond the thrones and the powerful people around us and fix our eyes on the LORD seated on His throne. That’s the key to living a fearless life. What is it that is intimidating you now? Why do you strive to please everyone? Remember, God is on His throne. He is completely in charge. Trust Him amid your fears and keep looking unto him.

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