Also Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “Please inquire for the word of the LORD today.”
Then the king of Israel gathered the [false] prophets together, four hundred men, and said to them, “Shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I refrain?”
So they said, “Go up, for God will deliver it into the king’s hand.”
But Jehoshaphat said, “Is there not a prophet of the LORD here, that we may inquire of Him?”
So the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “There is still one man by whom we may inquire of the LORD; but I hate him, because he never prophesies good concerning me, but always evil. He is Micaiah the son of Imla.”
And Jehoshaphat said, “Let not the king say such things!”
(2 Chron. 18:4-7, NKJV, emphasis added)
If you were about to head into battle, wouldn’t it be helpful to know ahead-of-time what your chances of success were?
That’s what Jehoshaphat thought.
But King Ahab was only interested in good news. If he was going to lose, he didn’t want to hear it.
As though not hearing it would somehow make it not true.
Begrudgingly, he called for Micaiah, and the prophet hesitatingly shared his prediction of doom: Ahab would die in the battle.
Furious, the king threw him in prison, went to war anyway, and died just as he had been told he would.
How many times are we as foolish as Ahab?