Wednesday, September 2
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
Dare To Be Different
"So the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, 'There is still one man by whom we may inquire of the Lord; but I hate him, because he never prophesies good concerning me, but always evil. He is Micaiah the son of Imla.' And Jehoshaphat said, 'Let not the king say such things!'” II Chronicles 18:7 NKJV
Jehoshaphat agreed to accompany Ahab, the king of Israel, to war. But before they went, Jehoshaphat wanted to know the will of God concerning the war; so he said to Ahab, “Please inquire for the word of the Lord today.” Ahab quickly gathered four hundred prophets together who prophesied, “Go up, for God will deliver it into the king’s hand.” For some reason, Jehoshaphat said, “Is there not still a prophet of the Lord here, that we may inquire of Him?” Ahab said, "There is still one man by whom we may inquire of the Lord; but I hate him, because he never prophesies good concerning me, but always evil. He is Micaiah the son of Imla."
Micaiah is my hero! Do you know what it means to always prophesy evil concerning a king in those days, when four hundred other prophets are saying something else? It was a risk, it required extraordinary courage; the king could have killed him! Micaiah knew all that yet he chose to be different; he chose to say the truth not bothering whose ox was gored.
Be different! That everyone else is doing it is not enough reason to do it; that everyone else is saying it doesn't mean that you too should say it; everyone in your school, working place or neighbourhood might be doing it, don't join them. Be bold. "If you can't beat them, then you join them," doesn't apply to you; don't live your life by such stupid words! Never be afraid to take a stand and to do whatever will glorify God. Live a life that pleases God. Even if you will be hated, even if there will be consequences, dare to be different.