“You have abandoned the Lord’s commands and have followed the Baals.”

           1 Kings 18:18


Elijah was labeled as a
troublemaker by Ahab, but the people who were causing trouble for Israel were
Ahab and Jezebel. They turned the god-fearing nation upside down by bringing
foreign gods into the country and encouraging people to bow down to them, and
gradually the king and the queen’s personal faith turned into a national

The king should have kept his
faith in Baal to himself so the damage he did would have been a lot less. It
was one thing that he himself was heading to hell; it was entirely another if
he dragged the whole nation to go in the same direction.

Baal worship was probably just
a religion to Ahab and he didn’t really pay much attention to it. Like all
religions, it was of no great significance to him and he probably was merely
following his wife’s lead in keeping all the rituals of the worship. Jezebel
was the one who was passionate about the religion and took it as her personal
responsibility to spread the belief.

Nonetheless, both of them were
troublemakers, since what they were proclaiming so zealously carried an eternal
consequence. It was a life and death issue with which they were dealing- not
just for themselves, but for thousands of others as well.

By the same token, are we
completely sure we are bringing people into God’s kingdom, since we are also
trying to gather people into our camp, which is something people from other
religions are attempting to do? What will transpire at the end if we are proven
wrong? If Buddhism turns out to be the truth, my future destiny will be abysmal
since I just single-handedly took down three wasp nests this morning. Does that
mean I will turn into a mere wasp in the next life? This is a scary thought

The key lies in the person
Jesus, really. We have no other person under the sun to turn to except him, if
He is who he claimed to be and what his followers believed him to be. There is absolutely
no sound reason for me not to follow him wholeheartedly if the gospel record is
credible. Besides, there is the Holy Spirit within my heart, confirming what I
believe is true.

“Lord, to
whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,” exclaimed Simon

What Ahab and Jezebel did was
truly troublesome for the Israelites and those people who followed their lead
were heading toward eternal damnation. Paul’s statement relating to this in
Romans rings so true: “Although they know God’s righteous
decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to
do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”   

Friday, September 27, 2013 6:51:00 AM Categories: Devotional

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