Father Knows Best
Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 20
Key Verse: 1 Kings 20:43
So the King of Israel went to his house sullen and displeased, and came to Samaria.
Here is a prime example of failure in leadership. While Ahab still had his title as King, his wife, Jezebel, had become the real leader. In the previous passage, we see that “Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done.” Then Jezebel took over. 1 Kings 19:2 reads, “Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah saying….” There is no doubt that after the Mt. Carmel confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal, Ahab knew what was right and what he should do. He was too weak as a leader to take his place of authority as King and as a husband. Here we see that Ahab continues to waffle in his decisions. While Jezebel is not mentioned in this chapter, we can be sure that Ahab continued in the pattern already established. No doubt he “told Jezebel all.” God was seeking to lead Ahab, but he failed to follow God’s leading fully. Ahab reacted to the final word of a prophet of God by pouting. Ahab needed to call on God fervently, man up, and lead according to the way God instructed him. He failed to do so.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, there is a lesson for me to learn here. Two characters in today’s reading failed to follow through as You had instructed. May I hear Your instructions clearly and may I have the intestinal fortitude to follow through. Please keep me from being “sullen and displeased.” I need Your strength, Lord. In the Name of the strongest Leader ever, the Lord Jesus, Himself, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Rose was the lead nurse for most of my recent treatment for acute leukemia. Rose and my daughter, Elaine, are best of friends. She was often at our house as a child and also as a teen. One time she and Elaine were sitting on the stairs in a very serious conversation when I heard Rose say, “Your father is so old fashioned.” They were not aware that I had come within hearing distance. Elaine agreed with her friend. Shortly after I mentioned to them what I had accidentally heard and that I was not deliberately eves dropping. They laughed nervously, and I laughed heartily, confessing that they were absolutely right in their assessment of who I am. Remember those were the days when one of the top TV reruns was called, “Father Knows Best.” I pled guilty as charged, and I assured these wonderful teenagers that I had no intention of changing.