And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the Lord, Micaiah the son of Imlah; but I hate him, for he never prophesies good concerning me, but always evil.” And Jehoshaphat said, “Let not the king say so.” Then the king of Israel summoned an officer and said, “Bring quickly Micaiah the son of Imlah.” Now the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah were sitting on their thrones, arrayed in their robes. And they were sitting at the threshing floor at the entrance of the gate of Samaria, and all the prophets were prophesying before them. And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made for himself horns of iron and said, “Thus says the Lord, ‘With these you shall push the Syrians until they are destroyed.’” And all the prophets prophesied so and said, “Go up to Ramoth-gilead and triumph. The Lord will give it into the hand of the king.”
And the messenger who went to summon Micaiah said to him, “Behold, the words of the prophets with one accord are favorable to the king. Let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak favorably.” But Micaiah said, “As the Lord lives, what my God says, that I will speak.” II Chronicles 18:7-13 ESV
Truthful lips endure forever,
but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
but those who plan peace have joy. Proverbs 12:19-20 ESV
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 ESV
Mr. Smith was a new senator for his state. He believed that the American government stood for everything good and right, but he found out something very sad. There were people in his state who were corrupt, and his fellow senator, Joseph Paine, knew about this and was covering it up. Mr. Smith went to work to fight the corruption and evil. Mr. Paine tried to talk him out of it. He said that good things were happening through the corruption, and there was too much power for one man to fight. He told Mr. Smith just to accept the evil and work with it. But Mr. Smith refused to give in. No matter how much his enemies tried to hurt him, he stood strongly against the evil in his state, even though he stood alone.
Micaiah was also a brave man who stood alone against power. All the other prophets of King Ahab were giving him the message he wanted, that he would win the battle with God’s help. When Ahab sent a messenger to Micaiah, the messenger told him what all the other prophets had said, and advised him to give Ahab the same message. Micaiah said that he would only say what God told him to say. He wasn’t going to tell lies, even if it got him into trouble. He was brought before two kings who were sitting on thrones in their royal robes, and he knew it would be much easier to give them the message that they wanted to hear. But he stood strongly, ready to tell them the truth as God revealed it to him.
God blesses his people with pastors and teachers who tell the truth, and also with his word, the Bible. We can always know the truth God has for us by learning what the Bible teaches. God’s truth helps us see that we are sinful and lost, but when we learn this God gives us Jesus. Jesus said that he is the truth, and the only way back to God. He gave his life on the cross for us so that our sins could be forgiven, and because of Jesus we have life forever. This is a truth worth standing up for, even when it isn’t easy.
Dear Jesus, thank you for being our truth and our way back to our Heavenly Father. Amen.
Capra, Frank, dir. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Columbia Pictures, 1939. Film.