|“If it is hard to follow Jesus, and it is, it is harder not to follow Him.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“But as he was speaking the king said to him, “Have we made you a royal counselor? Stop! Why should you be put to death?” So the prophet stopped, but said, “I know that God has determined to destroy you, because you have done this and have not listened to my counsel.” 2 Chronicles 25:16
The kings of Judah and Israel consistently refused to follow the counsel of God’s prophets- or else didn’t seek it. Jehoshaphat, considered one of Judah’s nine good kings, elects to join Ahab, the bad king of Israel in his battle against Syria. The false prophets of Ahab encouraged him to engage Syria in war, but Jehoshaphat asked if there was not a prophet of God to give them counsel. “And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of lmlah, by whom we may enquire of the Lord: but I hate him; for he doth not prophes good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.” 237 Micaiah prophesies that fighting Syria would end in defeat, and still both kings decide to attack, with predictable consequences.
A business man once said, “The best bargain in the marketplace is the advice of experts.” People usually get into trouble when they try to function outside their expertise; they fail to follow the counsel of proven men. Most will agree that the decisions they made and later regretted would never have been made in the first place if they had submitted to the counsel of proven men.
You will find the same thing to be true throughout the Old Testament. Again and again God’s people are rebuked because they failed to ask God. “So the men of Israel took some of their provisions, and did not ask for the counsel of the Lord.”238
237 I Kings 22:8
Ezra 3-5 John 20 (New King James Version)
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