Applications from 1 Kings
We have left Elijah and Elisha for a while and get to focus on King Ahab. Ben-Hadad King of Syria, along w/32 other Kings, was on the warpath. Approaching Israel he sends word to Ahab requesting all of his silver, gold, wives, and children. To avoid a war Ahab consents, but Ben-Hadad sends back for more. Ben-Hadad now wishes to have complete possession and control. Ahab calls his elders together and explains how he tried to avoid war, but Ben-Hadad seems to just be looking for a fight. They advise Ahab to not consent. Ben-Hadad responds w/a threat to which Ahab responds w/his own threat. At this point Ben-Hadad orders his armies to prepare for battle.
In the end of our reading today we see Ahab stand his ground. However, in the beginning he tried his best to avoid a conflict. He was willing to give a little to save a lot. Ahab never gave a thing, he just communicated that he would.
This is a hard application for most to make in life. We feel so threatened or lacking where we stand that we act as if we lost just a little we might collapse. It is important that we ‘count the cost’ of the battle we are preparing to fight and decide which end would leave the most.
The only way you can ever come to such terms is to begin to be secure where you are. Know what you believe & be able to defend it. Be comfortable in the fact that not all will agree. Realize that some are not worth the fight.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN
This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.