In the world but not of it

October 26, 2010

If you don’t like the message…

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“Yes, go right ahead! 1 Kings 22:6

Many people will tell you they want feedback or they want you to be truthful with them but more often than not it doesn’t include feedback or truth that they desire to hear.

You will often hear people tell you that they just want others to be honest with them but what that often means is that they want more attention or the conversation to be more about them than anyone else.

What they don’t necessarily want is someone to tell them the truth about themselves or their situation in the event that it is less desirable than they would like.

Ahab is a classic example. Here he summons 400 false prophets to get guidance on whether to go to battle.

Jehoshaphat’s answers by saying; “Is there not also a prophet of the LORD here? We should ask him the same question.”  Jehoshaphat obviously recognized that there was not a single man of God in the room.

Ahab then provides another great response; “There is one more man who could consult the LORD for us, but I hate him. He never prophesies anything but trouble for me!”

Don’t you love that answer? I respect Ahab for being completely honest but isn’t it just amazing how he can acknowledge that there is someone that will give them the truth but it is not what he wants to hear?

We criticize Ahab for his attitude and behavior but we behave like this as well at times. We pray for the Lord to make us more like Him and He answers in many ways but often that includes sending someone to us that may have a difficult message about something in our lives that needs attention or needs to change and what is our response? “Take the plank out of your own eye.”

Instead of receiving it with humility we become hostile and we hate the messenger because we don’t like the message.

God will keep sending them until you get the message.

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