MONDAY, JUNE 27
17 When Ahab saw him, he exclaimed, “So, is it really you, you troublemaker of Israel?”
18 “I have made no trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “You and your family are the troublemakers, for you have refused to obey the commands of the Lord and have worshiped the images of Baal instead. 19 Now summon all Israel to join me at Mount Carmel, along with the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah who are supported by Jezebel.
1 Kings 18:17-19 (NLT)
THE BIG SHOWDOWN ON MOUNT CARMEL
In Michael Jordan’s book, Driven from Within, Fred Whitfield, president and chief operating officer of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats basketball team, tells a fascinating story about something Jordan did while getting ready to go out one evening. When Jordan asked if he could borrow a jacket from Whitfield, he found that Whitfield’s closet was filled with both Nike and Puma products. The Nike outfits had been given to Whitfield because of his relationship with Jordan. The Puma outfits had been given to Whitfield because of his relationship with ex-basketball player and Puma representative Ralph Sampson. Whitfield recalls that Jordan walked into the living room, laid all the Puma gear on the floor, and went into the kitchen to grab a butcher knife. When Jordan returned to the living room, he proceeded to cut all of the Puma clothes to shreds. He then picked up the scraps and carried everything to the dumpster. Once Jordan came back inside, he turned to Fred and said, “Don’t ever let me see you in anything other than Nike. You can’t ride the fence!”
(Thom S. Rainer and Eric Geiger, Simple Church)
There are times when conflict is necessary. In 1 Kings 18, God tells Elijah to go to King Ahab. Ahab saw Him as a troublemaker because Elijah was God’s prophet proclaiming the truth. However, the trouble was created because of Ahab’s rebellion and idol worship. Ahab was riding the fence and God wasn’t going to allow it.
Has God ever brought someone into your life to confront you about spiritual compromise in your life? How did you respond?
Thank God for the people He has sent in your life when you’ve needed to be lovingly challenged spiritually. Ask God to help you know when He wants you involved in conflict and when he doesn’t.