“And so it was, when Ahijah heard the sound of her footsteps as she came through the door, he said, “Come in, wife of Jeroboam. Why do you pretend to be another person?” (1Kg 14:1-6)
In this story, Jeroboam’s oldest son was sick. He sends his wife to the old prophet Ahijah who prophesied good to him long ago. He tells his wife to disguise herself to look like any poor mother whose son is sick. Her royal garments were replaced by old faded clothes. She carries the gift of a poor woman, nothing to prove that she is the queen. They hoped that the prophet will be deceived to prophesy good and their son will be healed. At this time, the prophet is blind because of old age. But God reveals to Ahijah how the king and his wife have planned to deceive him. The deception failed. He rebukes the queen and gives her ‘bad’ news. Their son will die and she will not be able to meet him alive. It happened just as the prophet spoke.
What are the lessons we can learn from this sad story?
*God cannot be mocked!
The first and the greatest lesson is that no man can deceive God. God cannot be bribed. “Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap” (Gal 6:7, AMP) Why will men even imagine that they can deceive God? The only explanation is the work of evil lying deceptive spirits.
*A true servant of God who is filled and lead by the Holy Spirit cannot be deceived
You may deceive a false prophet or a backsliding believer. But you cannot deceive a true prophet who always lives in God’s presence. This is because God’s secret is with him. God will answer by Himself and judge any man who comes to a prophet with an idol in his heart and seeking a blessing thru deception!
*We live by faith and not by sight
You do not need natural eyes to know the truth. Prophet Ahijah was old and blind but he was not deceived because God spoke to him. “We live by faith and not by sight!” (2Cor 5:7)
*God shall judge all liars and deceivers
“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them” (Eph 5:6, 7)
Deception comes to you with ‘empty words’. To be empty it means lacking substance, reality, meaning, value, force and fruits. These attributes should have been there but they are not. The words of the deceiver are barren, giving false hopes, making hungry without providing food. These are idle and foolish words. The true words are the words of God, filled with the Holy Spirit, able to impart life to the believers. We are commanded not to associate with deceivers, not to be intimate friends with them. They have nothing of value to add to your life. They want to take control over your life and become a burden to you. Do not allow the devil to step in even with a toe!
The victory over deception is one of the greatest man can ever experience in this life! The reward is beyond words! I counsel you to pay the price and live free from the wicked power of deception! Let truth be the belt of your soul! Be free! In Jesus name, Amen!