Saturday, June 12, 2010


1 Kings 21: 20

"So, my enemy you have found me!" Ahab exclaimed to Elijah.

It is always so much easier to see or even to invent the sin of another rather than looking at our own. Ahab was wicked than any other king and yet he would not admit his sins.

Why is it always easier to look at others than ourselves?

I know it's true. It is much easier for us to see another's faults than our own. Why?

Are we less than, if we admit our faults?

Are we building up our own esteem, if we take others down?

At times we are so blinded by envy, hatred, that like Ahab we are blinded to our own sin. Ahab wanted to shout enemy at Elijah rather than take a good look at himself. It is easier to set our sights on another than to repent of our own wrongs.

Ahab did not kill the man that God wanted gone. So he disobeyed God once again. Imagine, then you are King you have everything you want and you decide you want a vineyard that is close to your palace. You offer the man a handsome price for it, but because this man believes in the laws of God he refuses the king. The king goes home pouting and the queen reminds him of he is the king. She then tells him that she will get it for him. She set the scene to kill a man for a vineyard. Imagine, I want something so my husband decides okay I'll just take care of that person. When is enough, enough?

I know this is a long time ago, but isn't it true today? Do you watch the news at night? Do you hear the stories of people deciding they want something or someone and the extremes they go to get it? When are we going to be like Naboth and stand for something? When are we going to say No, the Lord forbids me from doing such a thing?

Sweet blessings,


1 comment:

Frankie said...

Debbie, in this reading I was struck by v.25. "No one else so completely sold himself to what was evil in the Lord's sight as Ahab did under the influence of his wife Jezebel." Wow! Yet when Ahab humbled himself in v. 27, God noticed and postponed judgement. We do have a God of mercy who notices.