Micaiah was a prophet in the reign of King Ahab who always prophesied bad news. So Ahab had gathered 400 prophets who would always tell him what he wanted to hear. When Ahab and Jehoshaphat were trying to decide to go to war against  Ramoth Gilead the 400 prophets said Go, God will give you victory. But, Micaiah said… that’s right, you guessed it.  He was the prophet who always had the tough thing to say.

Ever have trouble determining God’s will for your future? Do I apply for this job or that? Do I accept this job or that? Do we move now? Do we go to this school or that? Do I get married or not? Do I stay married or not? Do I give up on this person or try again? Do I change careers? Do I retire?  Do I wear these socks? Well, life is full of decisions, both big and small.  I’ve blown it at times also.  Ahab did, big time!

Like Ahab, I usually know what I want and go to God looking for affirmation. I really don’t want to know God’s will as much as I want to hear what I want to hear.  You won’t have any trouble finding lots of people who will tell you what you want to hear.

I’ve found to learn God’s will I must first surrender to God. Max Lucado gives great advice, be careful, it sounds like it comes from Micaiah: “Don’t go to God with options and expect him to choose one of your preferences. Go to him with empty hands—no hidden agendas, no crossed fingers, nothing behind your back. Go to him with a willingness to do whatever he says. If you surrender your will, then he will “equip you with everything good for doing his will” (Heb. 13:21).

 “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 (NLT)