King Ahab and the prophet Elijah met face to face for the first time. Their meeting wasn’t one of pleasantries. King Ahab questioned Elijah’s intentions toward his country, Israel. He implied that Elijah was responsible for his people’s current state of hardship. Elijah, representing God, wouldn’t accept the blame. Instead he stood on God’s word, even though tensions were high. (I Kings 18: 17-17)
Jesus teaches that we will have to make a decision to stand for him or against him. That decision dictates whether Jesus will confess or deny us before his Father. The tense times are to be expected. Jesus said he didn’t come to give peace to the earth, but division. (Matthew 10:32-34 & Luke 12:51)
So when you question yourself “is it worth it to stand for God even though it will create tension?” Answer yourself, “Jesus standing before the Father on behalf of me is worth anything.”
Jehoshaphat set up rulers to judge throughout all of Judah.
His advice: judge not for man, but for The Lord because He is with you. Fear Him alone with a perfect heart.
Just as this was difficult for these rulers it can be hard for us today.
But just as sure as The Lord was with the rulers of old He is with us too.
Abide by the rulings based on the teachings of the Bible, not the popular view of man.
The king of Syria got message to Ahab, king of Israel, that he would be coming to take all of his silver and gold and wives and children.
Ahab didn’t protest.
Then the king of Syria said that when he came he would also go throughout Ahab’s servants’ houses and take whatever he thought would be beneficial to him.
Ahab then realized that he had a problem.
He called upon the elders of Israel for counsel. They told him to stand against the king of Syria, to fight for himself and his people.
He took their advice.
Sometimes we decide to let seemingly little things slide by thinking it will be harmless or it will suffice the devil. That thinking is flawed. The “little things” are cracks that will eventually crumble a foundation if left alone. And the devil shows no mercy.
Every decision that we make concerning submission to Jesus or submission to the schemes of the devil affect us. Consider none of it lightly.
Never give the devil an opening to gain ground in your life. Always fight for what is right in Jesus.