Scripture: 1 Kings 22; 2 Chronicles 18. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Ahab, king of Israel, asked Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, if he would go to war with him and fight against Ramoth Gilead. Jehoshaphat first wanted to seek God’s counsel. Ahab called together 400 pagan prophets, but Jehoshaphat knew the difference between these prophets and God’s prophets, so he asked if a prophet of the Lord was available. Ahab didn’t believe Micaiah was a true prophet because Ahab didn’t feel Micaiah ever had anything good to say about him. Ahab had Micaiah thrown into prison, and, just as the prophet had predicted, Ahab died in battle and both kings were defeated. Follow along in 1 Kings 22; 2 Chronicles 18!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
God uses everything, both bad and good, to fulfill His good purposes. The Bible does tell us that God hates all evil and wickedness in this world, and one day He will do away with it completely. At the end of 1 Kings, Israel is a divided kingdom and Ahab is killed in battle, just as Micaiah, the prophet, had predicted. The people forgot to accept and acknowledge God as their ultimate leader. Instead, they appointed human leaders to rule over them, and they ignored God. We must be careful not to fail to acknowledge God as our ultimate leader in life, for that will lead to the first step of ruin. We can seek out God’s advice and direction for our lives; however, we must follow that direction once it is given to us. Obedience to God is key in life. Sometimes we are ridiculed for being honest; however, that can be a sign that we are truly doing what is right in God’s eyes. We can still call upon our Heavenly Father no matter how greatly we have fallen in sin. We can trust Him to keep His promises to us, no matter how difficult our situations in life become. Our God is an amazing Father!
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Books of 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.