1 Kings 21:1-29 – What A Nasty Wife!

Read 1 Kings 21:1-29

Jezebel is just nasty! I’m sure in her eyes, she thinks she’s being a good wife. What a disillusioned thought! From God’s perspective anyway. I certainly try to keep that perspective guiding my life. It’s not always easy with all the distractions of a crafty enemy!

Here’s another example of how Ahab passively acts in rebellion to God. He has very sinful motives and desires, yet he doesn’t need to act on all of them. He has a nasty wife to do his dirty work. From the sounds of it, she is pretty controlling. Ahab has learned over time to let her do her thing. It’s easier than trying to control her.

But Jezebel’s evil ways have totally ruined Ahab. I know there is a bit of goodness inside him, and God sees it, too. While God’s curse sounds like a horrible future, Ahab’s act of remorse softened God’s heart. Ahab’s sons will instead be the bearer of such calamity. There is no mention here of Jezebel. Did the nasty wife get spared, too?

Am I a horrible person if I just answered my last question with “I hope not”? I am not a fan of Jezebel. I suppose I could be impressed by how devoted she can be, but her allegiance is totally misplaced, in my opinion. If she was as “all-in” for our God, that would be a whole different story.

Are you “all-in” for God? What other distractions keep your attention at times? Work. Play. Kids. Money. Activities. Sometimes, even being overly committed with church business can be a distraction. Sounds a little counter-intuitive, but it can be all about “business” and less about “Jesus” – been there, done that!

Be sure you are spending enough time with God that you are beginning to hear his voice calling you. What is that thing that you’ve been “tapped on the shoulder” to do for the kingdom? Still waiting? Keep praising!

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Let’s pray …
Lord, give me a heart like yours that loves deeply. Help me to trust completely in your promises. May I stand firm with you beside me. Direct my feet in the direction you want for me to go. I am yours, God. Send me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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