“Who Is The Troubler?” By Kirk Hunt
Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, “Is that you, O troubler of Israel?” And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and have followed the Baals.
1 Kings 18:17–18 NKJV
Please also read 1 Kings 18:7–18
We see it a lot in modern America. Problems and issues come up, and the chief troublemaker(s) lay the blame at the feet of others instead of themselves. The real troubler, too often, is the very leader or administrator who is supposed to know better and guide better.
Yes, Elijah declared the drought that God sent. It was Ahab’s deliberate leadership to idolatry, and repression of God’s true worship, that caused God to hold the rain. In willful disobedience, Ahab remained defiant against God and His messenger, despite his own suffering and that of the nation.
Nearly three millennia later, men and women still try to shift the blame for their failings and wrongdoing. Ahab fought against the very God of heaven, yet expected someone else to take the blame. If common folk can see through your pretense, clearly God’s omniscience never sees anything but your error and wrongdoing.
King and prophet met in confrontation. One represented error, heresy and rebellion against God. The other represented the God of heaven in a call to contrition and repentance. Where would you stand then? Where do you stand now?
Think: Godly men and women take responsibility for their errors or wrongdoing.
Pray: “Lord, help me to take responsibility for the things I do or lead.”
Copyright © October 2017, Kirk Hunt
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