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January 29, 2014

Finding out what God wants

MOORE — Good morning, Moore American readers. We are grateful for your presence today as we take a little time to read a portion from the Word of God.

In 1 Kings, we have the story of King Ahab. When we say “Ahab,” those that have some knowledge of him won’t be surprised that this lesson could be titled “The Man Who Was a Failure.” Few kings failed God’s people the way King Ahab did. His greatest weakness, I think, is weakness. Continue reading, and you’ll understand what we mean.

One day King Benhadad from Syria chooses to pick a fight with him. Benhadad essentially says, “I’m coming to get you, and I want your silver and gold, wives and also your children” (1 Kings 20:3). 

Astonishingly, Ahab replies — in today’s vernacular — “OK.” 

Can you imagine? He’s God’s king, and he is willing to give in without a fight to this evil king. This is like what we tend to do sometimes with Satan.

But, to Ahab’s credit, when Benhadad grows greedier and says he’s also going to take everything else out of his land that he admires, Ahab expresses a vaunting display. So, during a drunken party, Benhadad follows through and decides to attack Israel. Thankfully, despite Ahab’s weakness, God’s sovereignty steps in and gives Ahab the victory.

Time passes, and Syria wants to fight again. On this occasion, King Benhadad’s servants advise him to fight Israel down in the valley because they think Israel’s God is a God of the mountain, not a God of the valley.

We who are believers in God almost have to giggle at that. If you don’t know this message from the Bible, what happened is when the dust settled, they had learned that our God is God both of the mountain and the valley. Praise the Lord for that. Psalms 96:4 “For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.”

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