Applications from 1 Kings
If you read the last post, I have my pride, please skip ahead to the application.
The story here here has two separate elements that bring us to the conclusion: Ben-hadad comes to Ahab and asks for mercy which he receives. A prophet disguises himself to bring God & judgment to Ahab. The conclusion we reach is that God will punish Ahab for making up with Ben-Hadad.
The prophet asks someone to smite him who refuses, and gets eaten by a lion. The prophet then asks someone else, who does smite him.
The first guy didn’t want to smite him. Why would he? Who just sits around anxious to “smite” someone? It wasn’t up to him though, this is what God wanted and he was severely punished for not doing what he was instructed.
I imagine the prophet didn’t want to be smote. This is the method God instructed him to use. After the first guy he probably felt relieved! Then God sends him to another, who wasn’t as “nice” but more obedient and he beat him up pretty good!
In both men we see clearly that at times we must do what we don’t want to do. It may be that we have to take on personal “harm” that we would prefer not to. It may be that we have to act in a way we don’t want to. Nevertheless, we must obey God. God doesn’t always have a lion waiting to eat, but at times He requires this strict of obedience.
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.