Applications from 1 Kings
If you read the last post, Being used by God means being always Prepared, 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.
The Syrians think they have it figured out. They have formed thoughts about God based off of fact. Fact – God is the God of the hills. Syrians thoughts (theology) = We can beat them in the plains. Their fact was not wrong, their theology was short-sighted. God is the God of all, not just hills.
We need to be aware that even for us, poor theology leads to bad decisions. We should never be “short-sighted” with scripture. When we form a line of thinking from the facts of God’s Word we must be sure and do so: In context. Given the entirety of scripture.
If we are careless, we will make bad decisions thinking that we are doing what God wants us to do.
When God gives gifts in your life, find a way for them to bring Him glory. Allow yourself to: always be prepared & always being prepared. Be careful with your interpretation of scripture when making decisions.
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.