Applications from 1 Kings
If you read the last post, Gifts from God are for His Purposes, please skip ahead to the application.
As we pick up from last time you will remember that King Ahab and Ben-Hadad have been having a heated exchange of words. Ben-Hadad & 32 allies are ready to attack & Ahab is preparing to fight. As Ben-Hadad commands his men to get ready, a prophet tells Ahab that he is going to be victorious. Ahab goes on to learn that he would begin the fighting, alongside 232 young men followed by 7,000. Israel goes out to fight and wins a great victory sending Ben-Hadad and his allies fleeing. The prophet came back to King Ahab and told him to get ready because the enemy would soon return. Trying to reconcile their great defeat the Syrians conclude that Israel’s God was the God of the hills and if the fighting had happened in the plains they would have been victorious.
Where did these young men come from? These guys must’ve been the “Rambo’s” of their day. They were Israel’s “special ops” and were ready to go. Ben-Hadad and his army were getting drunk and celebrating.
Where did the 7,000 come from? It is interesting that in 19:18 God says He has 7,000. I am not sure if it is the same bunch, but we do know they were ready. Can you imagine if it were the same group? For a time, God had them hid away. No doubt they wished to be out living. But now, when needed, they were ready.
Notice God didn’t allow Ahab a time of celebration. Even after a great victory he is instructed to get ready to fight again. God didn’t want them to end up like Ben-Hadad and lose a war due to being drunk with the current victory.
Being used by God means being always prepared. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. (Philippians 4:5) Moderation-we are to avoid extremes. Doing so allows us to always be prepared.
A guy gets saved, gets up the next day to go out and serve God. At his door is a large boulder keeping him from getting out. He goes back and prays with one result, God says PUSH. So for the rest of the day he pushes without moving the rock one inch. He does the same for the next day, week, month. Finally he quits. He tells God this is not what he had in mind when decided to serve. God tells him to go look into the mirror. He is Atlas. No matter where God has you or what He has you doing know it is in preparation. Being used by God means being always prepared.
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.