Today's encouragement comes from 1 Kings 22:7, where we read these words:"And Jehoshaphat said, 'Is there not still a prophet of the LORD here, that we may inquire of Him?' "
There are many false "prophets” out there today, who will tell people whatever and exactly what they want to hear. But, there are still some true, faithful, and lawfully-called "prophets" (ministers) today, as well. In ancient Israel, during Ahab's reign, the ratio was something like 400 to one. (That is, one true pro-phet, to four-hundred fake ones.)
As we might expect, Ahab (the bad king), did not accept Micaiah's (the good prophet's) words—but he (Ahab) certainly respected him (Micaiah). Let all God's church be careful to give heed to God's ministers; and disregard Sa-tan's hirelings, who are "wolves in sheep's clothing."
[Puritan quote of the day: "Nothing in all the world can deliver from the fear of death but forgiveness of sin, and then this makes a man look on the Day of Judgment with comfort.” —Jeremiah Burroughs, in a book of his sermons, en-titled, "Gospel Remission"]