1 Kings 22:14 – And Micaiah said, “As the LORD lives, whatever the LORD says to me, that I will speak.”
The messenger that was sent to get Micaiah urged him to agree with the other prophets in giving an optimistic prediction. But Micaiah told him that he would utter whatever words the LORD gave him regardless of what others might say. Like Elijah, Micaiah was prepared to stand alone. Micaiah’s answer was not only dramatic, it was humorous. He said, “Whatever the Lord tells me to say, that is what I am going to say. I will tell it like it is.” Then Micaiah came in and sized up the situation. He saw the two kings on their thrones and all of the false prophets of Baal running around the room. They were all saying nice things to King Ahab. They had all read the book, How to Win Friends and Influence People. Micaiah was unwilling to sugar coat his message to satisfy his hearers. He was unwilling to soften the truth to make it more palatable. He was simply interested in speaking God’s truth. How much we need that kind of dedication to Gods Word in our society today. May we all be willing to do our part at making this a reality.
Compromising your words is tempting when someone’s feelings are at stake. However, to compromise the truth is never the right action to take in any situation. Speaking the truth is ALWAYS the best route to choose, and must be presented with the heart of love in order to be received properly. Initially, truth can be received negatively, but in the end, truth that is delivered in the right way will bring the better outcome to the recipient. You should never intentionally want to hurt anyone’s feelings. However, they will be harmed in a greater capacity if you do not address them with love and honesty. I challenge you this week, to respond just as the prophet Micaiah did and speak only what God tells you to speak. Just this week, someone I love and respect had to speak into my life. Their message was difficult to hear, yet it was presented to me with grace, and I know God used them to communicate to me exactly what I needed to hear at that moment. This week, may the words that come out of your mouth be filtered through the Spirit and empowered to bring grace to your hearers (1 Timothy 4:16 & Ephesians 4:29).