Making Decisions God’s way

The decisions we make, be it big ones of what to do with our lives, who to spend the rest of our lives with, or little daily ones of how we invest our time have an impact on us. As followers of Christ, making decisions God’s way should be our objective. But when our desires and need to control situations come into play, it can be challenging because it may not necessarily be what we want to hear or do at the time.

In 1 Kings 22 we read about King Ahab, the king of Israel who wanted to fight against King Aram and take back Ramoth Gilead. Jehoshaphat was King of Judah then. To get some background on them, in 1 King 16:30 we read “Ahab son of Omri did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him.” He set up altars for Baal and Asherah and provoked the Lord to anger with all he did (1 Kings 16:32-33). Whereas Jehoshaphat did what was right in the eyes of the Lord (1 Kings 22:43). Jehoshaphat was also related to Ahab through the marriage of his son Jehoram to Athaliah, the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel.

Ahab asks Jehoshaphat “Will you go with me to fight against Ramoth Gilead?” Jehoshaphat says that all that is his, is also Ahab’s but he tells Ahab to inquire of the Lord. “First seek the counsel of the Lord.”

Ahab summons four hundred prophets and asks them “Shall I go to war against Ramoth Gilead or Shall I refrain?

Let’s just take a moment and take note here that although Jehoshaphat says they should inquire of the Lord, the prophets that Ahab summons seem to be those that are associated with the pagan worship of Baal and Asherah. In 1kings 18:19, we read “And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and four hundred prophets of Asherah.” These prophets seem more inclined to proclaim messages designed to please the king, for they unanimously said that Ahab will have victory, but if we read on we learn that this was not the case.

Jehoshaphat recognises that their word was not be trusted or relied upon as from God and he asks King Ahab “Is there not a prophet of the Lord here whom we can inquire of?” (verse 7). In response King Ahab says “There is still one man through whom I can inquire of the Lord but I hate him because he never prophesies anything good about me, but always bad. He is Micaiah son of Imlah.”

Notice Ahab’s strong sentiments towards the prophet, and his assessment of whether to listen to prophet Micaiah was dependent upon whether his message was favourable to him or not.

For us: It is easy to surround ourselves with people or information that feeds into our likes and wishes and does not challenge us in any way. But by doing so, we limit our opportunities to grow in our understanding and knowledge of who God is shaping and refining us to be. For it tends not to leave room for instruction, discipline or correction that comes from God through various means.

When prophet Micaiah speaks to Ahab, he chooses to be obedient to God rather than please Ahab. His allegiance was to the true King. He did not alter or water down the message from God so as to sound more palatable to Ahab.

For us: A necessary reminder for us that when we hear messages or read faith related work, an abundance of which is so easily accessible to us these days, it is important to know that the gospel preached in its entirety is what we should be listening for. We can tend to lean into material that does not convict or challenge us to change our ways because it is comfortable. But may we spend time in the word ourselves to better understand, and also be able to test and see if that which we read and hear is from God (1 John 4:1-2).

Prophet Micaiah in verses 19-20 describes that “He saw the Lord sitting on His throne with all the hosts of heaven standing around him on his right and left. And the Lord said, ‘Who will entice Ahab into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there? ”And Micaiah goes on to declare what God intended to do “The Lord has decreed disaster for you (Ahab).”

Earlier in verse 10 we read “Dressed in their royal robes, the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah were sitting on their thrones at the threshing floor by the entrance of the gate of Samaria, with all the prophets prophesying before them.”

We see Ahab sitting in his earthly splendour on their thrones planning a conquest. But Micaiah’s description of the scene from heaven puts the earthly royal splendor in its right perspective. It gives us a glimpse of where the true power really lies.

It begins and rests with God.

An illusion of power is all what Ahab had; he was in that position as King because God deemed it to be so, but he failed to recognise that.

We go on to read that even after the warning that prophet Micaiah gives, Ahab does not heed those words and thinks that he can trick his way into not letting Micaiah’s words come true. He seems to be forgetting that the prophet is not vocalising words from his own imaginations but directly from God.

It gives us an insight to what Ahab thought about God. There is a sense that his perception was coloured by those of the pagan gods he used to worship and he probably did feel more powerful than them and thereby it translated into thinking that he could outsmart God.

Ahab still thinking that he was the one in control decides to go to battle in disguise, assuming that he could direct attention away from him and minimise the chance of the fulfilment of Micaiah’s prediction. Except that was not the case, he was killed at Ramoth Gilead.

For us: This is a powerful reminder for us that God’s authority extends over every single thing. We might feel helpless with who sits in positions of power over us be it either in the government, or in our workplace or in any other scenario but it is ultimately God who moves people and places for His divine and sovereign will and purpose to be accomplished. And let us take assurance from His word in Romans 8:28 that says “And we know that all things work out for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.”

May we seek God every day and make decisions His way, acknowledging that God is our King and He is in control. So, we prayerfully submit anything that is on our hearts to Him and know that He hears us. May we be bold and obedient like Micaiah to never refrain from speaking God’s truth. And like Ahab, let us not shut ourselves from listening to God’s words of instruction, discipline and correction even if it glaringly shows us that there is sin in our lives, but heed His voice allowing ourselves to be molded and shaped by Him.

God Bless.

32 thoughts on “Making Decisions God’s way

  1. Great post ! Surely God is pleased when we allow ourselves to ‘be molded and shaped by Him’.
    May he grant us humility too, since as you say, God, out of love, also disciplines and corrects us. 🤗⚘

    Liked by 3 people

  2. There are many lessons to learn through this story. There are times when we think we know what’s best. We might even think we can bypass God, as we see in this story. But this story illustrates the importance of obedience and trust in Almighty God. I pray we can give God our whole heart, and allow Him to be a part of our decisions, big and small. We will never regret it when we know we have honored the Lord. Thank you for sharing this insightful post! God bless you, dear friend! ❤️

    Liked by 2 people

  3. What a great post, Manu! It’s always a dangerous thing to surround ourselves only with advisers we’re comfortable with.
    Ahab is an interesting character. From some parts of Scripture I get the idea he was weaker than we might see him, but his wife Jezebel had a stronger will and was a deadly influence on him. As a woman, I consider this significant.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you Annie. Yes, his wife Jezebel has a very strong and bad influence. And he did seem weaker especially when we read the part of Naboth’s vineyard and the wickedness of Jezebel was so evident there.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Amen. Thank you for that timely word. I’ve recently been back in the books of Samuel and just entered 1 Kings again in my meditations. What struck me more than anything was that David frequently “enquired of the Lord”, even to the same thing, but on a different day! He then took heed and God led him to victory. Sometimes, he didn’t bother enquiring… and we know the pain that all caused! I wish I heard instructions as clearly as David and these mighty men and women of old did!

    Liked by 3 people

  5. A very profound post, Manu. May we seek God daily and listen for His direction, being bold and obedient like Micaiah. It does make me smile when Ahab, rather than listening to Micaiah, disguises himself, relying on his ego rather than accepting that God is omniscient, all-knowing, and all-seeing. May we have the wisdom to listen to God’s directions. Have a blessed weekend!🌺

    Liked by 2 people

  6. A number of your insights speak to the current political scene in our country. For example: “An illusion of power is all what Ahab had; he was in that position as King because God deemed it to be so, but he failed to recognise that.” How many in Washington–politicians and bureaucrats both–might also share an illusion of power, not realizing they hold their positions only because God has deemed it so? I keep praying that His Light will dawn on many, that truth will be revealed and lies exposed. Meanwhile, may WE “seek God every day and make decisions His way, acknowledging that God is our King and He is in control.” AMEN, Manu!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. I agree Nancy. The people who sit in positions of power forget that they are in those positions because God deemed it so.
      May each of us seek the Lord, and may He give us the wisdom to walk in His ways every step of the way.
      Blessings to you Nancy 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Another great reminder of giving heed to God who knows what is best for his children. Listening to the voice of God and obeying him is what we should be doing rather than listening to other voices of distraction.

    There are so many voices calling for our attention on a daily basis whether it is our profession or personal values. But at the end only the voice of God and his authority over us matters.

    May God give us the grace for proper discernment in order accomplish his will and purpose on earth.

    Great post, thanks for sharing, dear 😊. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. So true Marie that there are so many voices that try to gain our attention but we have to not let the noise of the world drown out us listening to God.
      Thank you dear. I always enjoy hearing from you 🤗

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Awesome reminder that we need to choose God’s way and be obedient to what He tells us to do. That means we may at times have to be uncomfortable, because growing in Jesus is much more important than staying in our comfort zone. Thanks Manu, enjoy your weekend. 😊❤️

    Liked by 2 people

  9. “May we seek God every day and make decisions His way, acknowledging that God is our King and He is in control. So, we prayerfully submit anything that is on our hearts to Him and know that He hears us.” – Yes!! I want this.

    Peace to you.

    Liked by 1 person

      1. There are many distractions that get in the way of us hungering and thirsting for righteousness. So important that we acknowledge first that those distractions are real and ask God for a stronger desire to be more intentional. Ask, seek and knock…lots

        Liked by 1 person

  10. To seek counsel and be willing to obey no matter what the Lord says. Sometimes not easy but we know His thoughts for us are far better than we can imagine. therefore God’s way it is then.

    Thank you for an insightful read.
    Blessings🙏

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Thank you for sharing godly advise from God’s Word. We need get the truth of God’s Word out whenever and wherever we can. Believers need to be reminded and the lost need to know! God bless you, Manu!❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Absolutely, every single day in all our choices may we choose Him, listen and obey Him. That should be our goal. Although it is something we will struggle with at times may we grow in this area.
      Blessings to you 😊.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s