2016-07-11 - What Would an Israelite Say?
Ahab also made an Asherah pole, and did more to arouse the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, than did all the kings of Israel before him. 1 Kings 16:33
It is hard to have respect for your king, when his actions are evil and corrupt, Ahab was evil, more evil than previous generations of kings. To top it all off, He goes and marries Jezebel. Jezebel worshiped an idol named Baal, not the God almighty, and Ahab followed suit. Sigh.
Soon Baal's influence was seen throughout Israel. The king was evoking his personal agenda on us, instead of looking out for the people. Wasn’t that the role of a king? It made me so mad, particularly since I couldn’t do anything but wait and see what God was going to do, and when He would act.
I understand things won’t always go my way, but that is the time to sit down and pray. There are times when our job is to pray and nothing else. We don’t have to have a plan B. That’s why we pray, so God can step up and have His will.
Ahab was on the throne 22 long years. Thankfully the prophet Elijah stepped in eventually, and confronted King Ahab. I don’t envy Elijah’s job, but I am grateful to the Lord for sending him.
Lord, You are my Savior and my friend. You pick me up in times of trouble, and are always there to share in my happiness. I am safe from any harm or worry, for I know You are my protection. You guide me. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.