Then the word of God came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who lives in samaria.There he is, in the vineyard of Naboth, where he has gone down to take possession of it. – 1 Kings 21 : 17 – 18.
Our God is not a parcial God, but rather a just God.He will always give anybody chance to repent of his wrong deeds so that He can forgive. He gave such opportunity to king Ahab but, he refuse because he thought that God is not seeing him. According to the scripture, Ahab committed many atrocities amongst which involves disobedience.
When Naboth was killed, his blood cried out to God because the bible make us to understand that the blood of the innocent will always cry out to God that was why God said to Cain ”where is your brother? He said, I do not know, am I my brother’s keeper? And He said, what have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground – Genesis 4 : 9 – 10”.
– 1 Kings 21 : 17 – 18.j
You shall speak to him, saying, thus says the Lord, have you murdered and also taken possession? And you shall speak to him, saying, thus says the Lord. In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth, dogs shall lick your blood, even yours – 1 Kings 21 : 19.
God proclaimed destruction over Ahab and his household. And the scripture went further to say ”even yours” meaning his children. The scripture makes us to understand that ”He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, and the rod of his anger will fail ”– Proverbs 22 : 8. Also it is clearly stated ‘‘For he who sows to his flesh will reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life – Galatians 6 : 8.
So it was, when Ahab heard those words, that he tore his clothes and put sackcloth on his body and fasted and lay in sackcloth and went about mourning – 1 Kings 21 : 27.
Here is Ahab who never thought that God saw all he has been doing. Even the closest person to him – his wife who was suppose to be a corrector to him, turned out to be the person aiding him to commit sin. When the word of God came to him, he now realised that God has seen all his deeds which make him to go on fasting and plead for forgiveness. Brethren, anything we are doing, God is seeing absolutly all because He cannot be mocked.
And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite saying, See how Ahab has humbled himself before Me? Because he has humbled himself before Me, I will not bring the calamity in his days. In the days of his son I will bring the calamity on his home – 1 Kings 21 : 28 – 29.
Despite the level of Ahab’s sin, God forgave him because He loves humility and obedience. The word of God says ”If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7 : 14”. God will never do anything outside His word.
This action of humility Ahab displayed, is what God wants from us today. When he heard of God’s word he swung into action without delay, without thinking of his kingship, without discussing it with his wife who might tell him to ignore God’s instruction. Humility will always draw us close to God so we should try and practice it. No matter how great our sins might be, we should take it to God who is waiting for us to come back to him as prodigal children because He did not create us for distruction but rather for eternity.
Everlasting Father, I thank You for the opportunity You give to me to know You. Give me the power to obey Your command because Your word says that if I obey Your command, I am no more servant but friend together. I appreciate You for the people You have surrounded me with. Give them the grace to correct me whenever I am making mistakes in Jesus name.