Daring to Tell the Truth

Bruce Hoffman

READ : 1 Kings 22:1-9, 13-14

Welcome to July! In the month before us, we are going to be looking at various individuals from both Testaments. Some lived commendable lives, while others were despicable. We can learn much from all of them.

When I think of July, I think of heat. For the most part, we don’t mind the extreme warmth this month often brings; after all, it’s summer.

And speaking of heat, the first person we’re looking at this month is the lesser known prophet Micaiah. He experienced the heat of hatred for his determination to speak the full truth as he knew it from God. Intense as the pressure was from wicked Ahab, this bold spokesman for the Lord never wilted.

In a day when “telling the truth” is not taken very seriously, Micaiah reminds us that truth is truth and must be told and upheld no matter what the consequences! And if evil is temporarily in control, there will be a price to pay for honesty. Micaiah was sent back to prison with the undesirable diet of bread and water (see v. 27). Yet, no matter what the price, we are always wise before God when we can look at ourselves in the mirror and know we have done our best to tell the truth as we know it! Proverbs 23:23 says: “Buy the truth and do not sell it. . . .” Would you be as daring as Micaiah?

PRAYER

Father, pressures to conform to the practice of lying are many. Make me steadfast for the truth. In Jesus’ name. Amen.