Who has the permission to speak truth into your life? For Ahab, nobody did. He was so concerned about hearing only the news that he wanted to hear, that he ignored the voices of the prophets who spoke truth to him. The problem is that it's easy to listen to the voices of people who tell us what we want to hear. But when they tell us what we don't want to hear, we can be quick to come up with reasons of why we shouldn't listen. In the case of Ahab, he was certain that Micaiah didn't like him and that what he had to say was of little or no value. Nothing could have been further from the truth. Micaiah was committed to telling Ahab whatever the Lord had to say; it's just that Ahab didn't want to listen. The next time someone tells you something that you don't want to hear, don't write him or her off. You never know how God might be speaking through that person to you.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.