“The messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah said to him, ‘Look, as one man the other prophets are predicting success for the king. Let your word agree with theirs, and speak favorably.’ But Micaiah said, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, I can tell him only what the Lord tells me.’ ” (I Kings 22:13-14)
Peer pressure is strong. We may be thinking one thing, but, if it goes against what the rest of the group is thinking, we keep our mouths shut. Even if we know everyone else is wrong we don’t speak up. We don’t want to rock the boat.
The King of Judah, Jehoshaphat, and Ahab, the King of Israel, were deciding whether or not they should go to war. Jehoshaphat wanted to hear what God said first. They brought together 400 prophets and all 400 told them to go to war. Jehoshaphat didn’t trust them and he wanted to hear from a prophet whom he knew spoke God’s words. Then entered Micaiah. Ahab didn’t like Micaiah because he never prophesied anything good about him. Micaiah could very easily go along and say the same thing the other 400 prophets said. Instead, he told Jehoshaphat and Ahab the truth from God.
Micaiah was not going to agree with everyone else just because that’s what King Ahab wanted to hear. Micaiah was only going to speak the truth as he heard it from God. He was not going to lie just to make the king happy.
The BELT OF TRUTH is the piece of God’s armor which can help us stand for what’s right and true, even when we are in the minority. God’s words are true. We cling to those words. Standing in this truth bonds us together, making it difficult for Satan to penetrate. The BELT OF TRUTH gives us strength and courage to remain with God.
The next time you are involved in a discussion or debate, have the courage to stand for what you know is right. Even if no one agrees with you, you will not be alone. God will be at your side.