Beloved: Grace and Peace
Elkmont Baptist Church
Dearest and Beloved
Our Response When We Don't Get What We Want
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The Scripture teaches us about Ahab, King of Israel, in the Northern Kingdom. It says, "And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that
Grace to you.
before him. . . . And
Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him" (1 Kings 16:30, 33).
It speaks of his doing evil in the sight of the LORD. It speaks of his provoking the LORD to anger, more than all the kings of Israel before him. When we think of Ahab, many of us perhaps think of his marrying Jezebel. Have you noticed that no one names their little girl Jezebel? But Ahab shows us much of the character of evil.
1 Kings 21 tells a story which reveals the character of Ahab to us (and perhaps the impact of a wife ruling her house). It tells us that Ahab wanted to buy a field, a vineyard. But Naboth, the owner of the field, would not swap or sell it because it was part of his family's inheritance. How did Ahab respond when he was told, "No"?
1 Kings 21:4 tells us, "And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him: for he had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers. And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread."
Now what is Ahab doing? He went into his house and went up to his room. He lay down on his bed and turned his face away from everyone. He was heavy and displeased. It might be translated depressed and bitter. Yes, you have recognized the behavior: Ahab is throwing a tantrum because he hasn't gotten his way.
How do we respond when we don't get our way? In gratitude and humility that God has closed a door for us, or depressed and bitter, like Ahab, the evil king? Remember Paul tells us that in the last days, "For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy," (2 Timothy 3:2).