Thursday, July 23, 2020

Singing The Same Song?

"Then the messenger who had gone to call Micaiah spoke to him, saying, "Now listen, the words of the prophets with one accord encourage the king.  Therefore please let your words be like the word of one of them, and speak encouragement."
And Micaiah said, "As the Lord lives, whatever my God says, that I will speak."
2 Chronicles 18:12-13 (NKJV) 

If there is a group of some people singing, the most basic requirement is that they all sing the same song.  If they were all singing different songs, the result would be musical chaos.  But what if there was a group of fifty people with forty-nine of them singing the same song, but it was the wrong song?   What if there was only one person who was actually singing the song that was supposed to be sung?  Should the one person change their song?  No, the person singing the right song should continue singing that song and do what they can to help get the other singers to sing that correct song.

In the Old Testament there is a story about the King of Israel and the King of Judah planning to go into battle together.  There were many so called prophets who “prophesied” exactly what the King of Israel wanted to hear.  This group of four hundred prophets all “sang the same song”, so to speak.  But, the King of Judah asked for a prophet of God to come.  As this prophet of God, Micaiah, came to the two kings, he was urged say what everyone else was saying.  Micaiah’s reply was that he would only say what God wanted him to say.

There are many people who believe that if a lot people say the same thing it must be the right thing.  This happens inside and outside of the Church.  It is nice when everyone agrees on the same thing, but if that thing is wrong, and contrary to what God has said in His Word, then we should not be saying it.  People will sometimes do their best to try and fit in, but this is not always the best thing to do.  While we want to do what we can to live at peace with all men (Romans 12:18), there are times we will need to take a stand and say what God says, no matter what others may say or do.

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