The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “There is still one man who can ask the LORD, but I hate him because he never prophesies good about me, but only disaster. He is Micaiah son of Imlah.” “The king shouldn’t say that,” Jehoshaphat replied. – 2 Chronicles 18:7
The king of Israel (Ahab) didn’t find peace or comfort in the words of a true prophet of God. In fact, he said that he hated the prophet, because he just never seemed to have anything good to say about the days ahead. To combat Micaiah’s truth-peddling, the king surrounded himself with “yes-men” and “ear-ticklers” and went on his merry, ignorant, unrepentant way.
Let me give you a little piece of advice for your life’s journey. You might have a problem if God’s good news always seems bad to you, but you have a greater problem if you ignore God’s truth and its messenger just so you can feel better about yourself. The person who runs from truth will never escape it. He (or she) will simply ramp up the ultimate consequences of his (or her) error.
If you are blessed to ever find yourself within earshot of a modern-day “prophet” (like a biblical expositor), please understand that marginalizing the message is not the path to spiritual transformation. It is rather the path to spiritual destruction. The “learnings” you gain may not feel good, but they are good for you.
The wish for healing has always been half of health. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca