Even King Ahab deserved mercy, according to the Lord. I’m not so sure my heart would have felt the same way. Verse 25 says that “no one else so completely sold himself to what was evil in the Lord’s sight as Ahab did under the influence of his wife Jezebel.” The latter part of that sentence is the kicker really. It’s sort of like the Adam and Eve philosophy: Eve made Adam do it. It says a lot for relationships and how God works with us in them. Just now as I was sitting down to read, promising God my full and devoted attention, I received a text message from my husband, and I clicked on it just as I’d said, “God I’m all yours for a few minutes.” In that split second, I put my husband ahead of God, and man, oh, man, did I feel guilty about it. And before I even started reading, I knew God saw my heart and knew that I knew it was selfish and wrong but also done out of love for my husband. Then I started reading, and I forgot to pray before I started, which caused me to have a little panic attack midstream, so I stopped and said a little prayer over the words I was reading, and I prayed to see a message, and by the end of the chapter, I really didn’t have one, but as I started typing, the very moment before I started reading, God had shown me personally the exact same message He’s proclaiming on the pages I’d just read. I’m thankful it’s not to the full extent of what I just read, but still, it says the same thing: we often put our spouses before Our Almighty God. Joyfully, when He sees that we know that we know what we did, He gives us so much mercy and grace for our honesty and heartfelt guilt because He also sees the love in it. We don’t put our spouses above God because we love our spouses more, but we do love our spouses, and sometimes it’s just easy and somewhat natural for us to put them first because they are here with us on Earth. But thank goodness, God never leaves us, even when we answer text messages we shouldn’t … or kill innocent men for land or worship idols because our spouses said we should. As lowdown and dirty as Ahab was, God saw his heart grieve for real when Ahab tore his clothes, fasted and fashioned a burlap dress that even served as his jammies. That’s mercy. Ahab was a bad dude. But somewhere down deep in that dark soul of his was the knowledge and understanding that God is real. We don’t even know if the Lord lets Ahab know that he has been somewhat forgiven. The Lord doesn’t speak to Ahab. He tells Elijah. Now, the true cliffhanger is, will Ahab realize how merciful the Lord has been to him, or will he think the Lord is not real because Elijah’s prophecy didn’t come true?
Writing prompt: answer the question
Answer the question written above at the end of today’s text. Get as philosophical as you want, or find an example from your own life to compare to today’s story.