At some point Ahab will be a leadership study for me on how OT characters are an example of putting God as priority in their lives. My daily devotions this week have been on Ahab and until this morning there was not much there.
Ahab, the most wicked king of Israel, has given all of us hope and incentive to humble ourselves before the Lord.
Our only hope is in Christ – our true source of humility. God continues to bring out meekness in me and somehow our world needs more of that these days.
While Ahab did not regard Elijah as a friend, in reality, he was his best friend and best hope. Jezebel, his wife, was not so much a friend as he thought. We are the best friends for many of those in leadership today. They might not see it and that is too bad, but we are the hope for many. It is why Jesus calls us salt and light. Once we are removed, and unfortunately some of us will be, we will be missed.
In our message to this world, we look at sin and divine judgment, but let us remember through the humbling of Ahab, that there is another message – mercy. If we are going to preach divine judgment, do it with hope and if we are going to promise mercy, remember to give the Gospel warning regarding repentance.
Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite: “Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the disaster in his days; but in his son’s days I will bring the disaster on his house.” – 1 Kings 21:28-29