MONDAY, JUNE 6
And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD, more than all who were before him.
1 Kings 16:30 (ESV)
And Ahab made an Asherah. Ahab did more to provoke the LORD, the God of Israel,
to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him.
1 Kings 16:33 (ESV)
GOD IS OUR PROVIDER: A CRISIS
In a speech made in 1863, Abraham Lincoln said, “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”
In 1 Kings 16, King Omri and King Ahab forgot God. Omri was a strong leader of the Northern Kingdom of Israel but was the worst King until his son Ahab became an even worse King. Ahab adds the worship of Baal to the worship of Yahweh. Ahab doesn’t totally turn his back on the Lord. His sin is not in replacing the worship of Yahweh, but in adding to it the worship of other gods. This spiritual crisis would lead to a physical crisis in the Northern Kingdom.
Kevin reminded us in the sermon that we often see God work in the middle of our physical and spiritual crisis. When have you seen God at work in a spiritual or physical crisis in your life?
Thank God that bad times don’t mean He is absent in your life. Ask God to help you recognize Him at work when you go through a crisis.