From Handbook to God’s Promises
GOD SPEAKS ONLY THE TRUTH
2 Chronicles 18:5: First Counsel
King Jehoshaphat appears wise in asking for God’s counsel before going to war, but he fails to heed the Lord’s advice. Although God’s prophet predicts a leaderless Israel (2 Chronicles 18:16), Jehoshaphat aligns with King Ahab and rides off to battle (v. 28)—and the counsel proves true. Ahab dies from a “stray” arrow (vv. 33–34).
If we ask God for advice, He expects us to follow it. He always speaks the truth, and we deny His counsel to our own peril.