1 Kings 22:6-8 6 So the king of Israel brought together the prophets—about four hundred men—and asked them, “Shall I go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I refrain?” “Go,” they answered, “for the Lord will give it into the king’s hand.” 7 But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there not a prophet of the LORD here whom we can inquire of?” 8 The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, “There is still one man through whom we can inquire of the LORD, but I hate him because he never prophesies anything good about me, but always bad. He is Micaiah son of Imlah.” “The king should not say that,” Jehoshaphat replied.
It’s one of the most remembered movie scenes of recent time. It comes from “A Few Good Men” starring Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise. In this scene, Lt. Kaffee (Cruise) is interrogating Colonel Jessep (Nicholson). He wants to know if Jessep was the one who gave the orders that resulted in the death of a soldier. As Kaffee pushes, Jessep gets increasingly agitated and the courtroom is tense. Kaffee continues to push, finally demanding: “I want the truth!” Jessep’s response is now immortalized in movie history. “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!”
I find it interesting that people avoid the truth because they don’t think they can handle hearing it. In 1 Kings 22, King Ahab called 400 prophets to prophesy about a certain battle. King Jehoshaphat (of Judah) asked Ahab if there was any main prophet remaining. Was there anyone the likes of Elijah still around? There was; his name was Micaiah. But King Ahab didn’t like to hear from Micaiah, because he always said bad things about him. He never had anything good to say, so he avoided him.
Micaiah had good reasons why he always had bad things to say to King Ahab. You see, Ahab was the most wicked Israelite king to have ever lived. He made the sins of the kings before him look trivial. So of course, God always had bad news to deliver to him. If you are going to be a wicked person, you probably aren’t going to get the ‘ol two-thumbs-up from the man upstairs.
Do you ever avoid God because you can’t handle the truth that you know He will bring? If so, you are only hurting yourself. God desires relationship with you, but that relationship is going to be on His terms. He loves you enough to point out your sin so that you can do something about it. Hebrews 12:6 says that the Lord disciplines those he loves. He wants to weed the wickedness out of your heart so that you can be fully led by Him. So don’t avoid the truth today; face it head on. In the long run, you will be glad you did.