February 15
‘If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.’ Galatians 1:10b
Bible reading: 2 Chronicles 18:12-22 (1) (Go to the Bible passage)
As said before, there is only little outward difference between a prophet of Baal and a prophet of Yahweh, the living God. Both proclaim, ‘This is what the Lord says!’ Yet, there is a distinct difference, for the prophet of Baal speaks what his heart is full of, and the prophet of Yahweh speaks only what God puts in his mouth (Jeremiah 23:21).
Micaiah, the prophet of Yahweh, had incurred the hatred of king Ahab by speaking the words of God and not pleasing the king (:17).
Who wants to be religious to benefit from it, should rather associate with Baal than with the living God. Micaiah surely noticed this in prison! When finally, for one single time, he was taken out - because some visiting king, apparently, wanted to hear the words of the living God - Micaiah was offered sensible advice, ‘Let your word agree with theirs, and speak favorably’ (:12)!
Every servant of God who wants to be successful and reach a wide audience in times of moral decay, should join the cult of Baal. But who wants to obey Yahweh - the eternal God of the covenant - will join the lonely Micaiah. ‘As surely as the Lord lives, I can tell him only what my God says’ (:13).
In tears we will then admit that also in our time a deceiving spirit speaks through the mouths of those who call themselves servants of the word, but who refuse to fall silent and listen to God because they do not believe He will speak anymore. They seek to establish their own righteousness and never get to listen to God, Who - therefore - really cannot speak to them!

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