Applications from 1 Kings
If you read the last post, Giving a little to save a lot, please skip ahead to the application.
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.
Ahab tried his best to avoid war, but Ben-hadad (in his drunken stupor) was on the take.
Some people just want a fight. Even Jesus, our example in ‘cheek turning’, found that the religion of His day just wanted to fight. Notice Ahab’s actions once he became aware of this.
He resorted to a multitude of counselors. Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established. (Proverbs 15:22) Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. (Proverbs 11:14) When we encounter someone who just wants to fight, we should depend upon the counsel of a multitude of faithful friends.
He operated boldly. When right, our boldness is merited and often our best defense. A bully is usually scared by someone actually willing to fight. Operate boldly once you have exhausted attempts to reconcile.
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.