But Micaiah replied, “As surely as the Lord lives, I will say only what the Lord tells me to say.” —1 Kings 22:14
Compromise is the price a person is willing to pay to a false god. That was Jehoshaphat’s problem. In an effort to promote peace and unity, he was willing to ally himself with Ahab, a man who was vile and wicked before God (1 Kings 22:4). People often compromise because of a desire to be socially accepted. They overlook glaring abuses of God’s Word in order to maintain relationships. Micaiah, however, refused to compromise or make even one small concession to Ahab’s false religious system. He was willing to endure physical attack and imprisonment just to maintain the witness of truth against Ahab (1 Kings 22:17, 22-24). Although confined in prison, Micaiah was safer than was Jehoshaphat, who almost lost his life in the brief battle that ensued. Look at the end result of compromise, and settle in your mind that you owe no allegiance to the idols of this world. They and their worshipers will one day perish with the same fate as Ahab’s!
1 Kings 22:1-53