Word at Work October 26, 2016

Scripture: 1 Kings 18:17-19

Verses 17-19 says, “Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, ‘Is that you, O troubler of Israel?’ And he answered, ‘I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and have followed the Baals. Now therefore, send and gather all Israel to me on Mount Carmel, the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.’” Elijah presented himself to Ahab. Ahab’s first comment was, “Is that you, O troubler of Israel?” And Elijah had to respond that Ahab was the one that had forsaken Israel and if he wanted the famine to lift he had to gather all Israel plus the 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah who ate at Jezebel’s table. The fear of the Lord came on Ahab. When Elijah obeyed God, such a fear of the Lord fell that the man who wanted to kill him was unable to and he even went to do what Elijah told him to. That is the process of using our faith on our flesh to obey God and following the Holy Spirit to restrain evil. God honors the faith of the individuals who say yes to Him. Nobody can kill them because they have an assignment they have to carry out. But often there is a price to pay in the process of obeying. God is asking if we will give him obedience despite the consequences. I trust we will, in Jesus’ name!

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