“Don’t be such a cry baby!”

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2 Chronicles 18:7
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!”

Whenever I read this verse I can’t help but think, “Don’t be such a cry baby!” The king that was whining and crying like a baby was King Ahab, the king of the Northern Kingdom. He was a wicked king. In fact one of the most wicked. No doubt, as king, he was used to getting what he wanted and when he didn’t get it, he threw a fit.

I used to be a serious cry baby. If I didn’t get my way, I cried. If my brother teased me, I cried. In fact you name it, it made me cry. What good did it do me? Absolutely no good.

Sometimes we can throw similar fits with the Lord. We don’t like the things He says in His word and we throw a fit. Oh, it may not be noticeable on the outside, but on the inside our lips are beginning to droop, the tears begin to well up, and we begin to look for a place where we can throw ourselves on the floor.

We would do well to quit crying and simply listen and obey. I have never known a time in my life as a Christian where that has not paid off. Yes He will say hard things to us, but He does so because He loves us and wants to grow us up to be big boys and girls. These are the people God uses.