The True Source of Wisdom

A lesson in seeking advice:

For three years there was no war between Aram and Israel.  But in the third year Jehoshaphat king of Judah went down to see the king of Israel. The king of Israel had said to his officials, “Don’t you know that Ramoth Gilead belongs to us and yet we are doing nothing to retake it from the king of Aram?”

So he asked Jehoshaphat, “Will you go with me to fight against Ramoth Gilead?”

Jehoshaphat replied to the king of Israel, “I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.”  But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the LORD.”

So the king of Israel brought together the prophets—about four hundred men—and asked them, “Shall I go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I refrain?”

“Go,” they answered, “for the Lord will give it into the king’s hand.”

But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there not a prophet of the LORD here whom we can inquire of?”  — 1 Kings 22:1-7

Did you notice how the king of Israel, Ahab, initially side-stepped the request from Jehoshaphat?  Jehoshaphat asked to seek the Lord’s counsel, and Ahab gathered four hundred prophets together – but they were not the Lord’s prophets.  Then, we find Jehoshaphat questioning the pedigree of these four hundred men – “Is there not a prophet of the LORD here whom we can inquire of?”  It’s interesting to see how Ahab ignored the part about getting counsel “of the Lord”.  In the same way today, it’s often tempting to seek counsel from those who will tell us what we want to hear.  But shouldn’t we always be going to the real source of wisdom – to the Lord?


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