The Bible Speaks
“There is still one man by whom we may inquire of the Lord, but I hate him…he is Micaiah.” 1 Kings 22:8
As I read my Bible each day, one of the things that I am constantly impressed with is the way God uses one man. The Lord, who needs no one and no thing to accomplish His purpose, continues to use men and women to bring about His will on earth. God’s word tells us that the “eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth so that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” 2 Chron. 16:9 Though He can do anything He desires without any of us, God chooses to use people, and often, just one.
In today’s text, King Ahab of Israel had decided to war against his enemy to recover land that had been lost. He receives help from the King of Judah, Jehoshaphat, and the two kings begin to prepare for battle. Jehoshaphat, a follower of God unlike Ahab, asks his host to seek the Lord regarding the upcoming battle. King Ahab calls together four hundred of his prophets and they all uniformly said they should go up to battle and will be victorious. Somehow Jehoshaphat sensed these men were not true prophets and asks Ahab if “there is not yet a prophet of the Lord that we may ask of him?” Ahab responds by saying “there is still one man…” Ahab’s wife, Jezebel, had killed off many of the true prophets of the Lord and forced the rest into hiding, yet Ahab knew there was still one man. Interestingly, he knew him to be a true prophet because he “always prophesied evil against him.” True prophets always say what the Lord tells them to and not what the listener wants to hear. They are fearless with their message because they fear God rather than men. Ahab’s country was given over to Baal worship and immorality yet there was STILL ONE MAN.
There is always one man: sometimes more, but never less. Biblical history, which I believe reflects principles and patterns of all history, tells us there is always one man: Enoch in Adam’s day; Joseph in Egypt; Daniel in Babylon or Jeremiah in Jerusalem. God is never left without a witness. He may not be listened to; as was the case with Micaiah and Ahab; but he is always there and always faithful.
The Bible speaks of God’s willingness to find and use people, sometimes only one, to proclaim His ways to men. I often wonder where that one man or woman is today. Where is the one who will lead our nation back to God and righteousness? Where is the one that will lead your church or your family or this community back to holiness and purity? Could it be you? God is looking, who is answering?
The Rev. Bruce MacInnes is pastor at Turner’s Chapel.