January 28, 2020
Ahab’s Ancient Temper Tantrum
1 Kings 21:4 (KJB) And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him: for he had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers. And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread.
Ahab was immediately scorned by the words of Naboth the Jezreelite “I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers…”
These words cut right to his heart. This statement was not what he wanted to hear or to believe. In fact, Ahab was so upset at this turn of events, that he laid on his bed and pouted about it like a two-year-old.
We have all witnessed a temper tantrum or had one ourselves at least a time or two. Tantrums always begin when a person chooses to focus inward when hearing words that do not want to hear, or the words are not what they want to hear when they want it, and how they want to hear it.
When any person does not get what they expect from a person or in a situation, often they will choose to stick out their bottom lip and pout for a time of solace in the middle of such frustrating circumstances.
Ahab had this ancient temper tantrum because he did not get what he wanted, expected, and “deserved.” Ahab’s tears were a result of self-pity, for Ahab was not in spiritual sync with God.
While it is true that words originating from God can wound, hurt, or heal a heart (Hebrews 4:15) and that wounding a soul can come in love by a godly person speaking the truth of God in love (Ephesians 4:15) to another. Often, though, as is the case here, this offense of words was not because of an inward spiritual work of God, but the result of wicked wayward living resulting in the lack of cooperation and peace among men.
Ahab was pouting and puffing about not getting what he desired of Naboth. Unfortunately, his time of fretting would move his wife to further interfere in this situation as you read farther into this ancient biblical account; she began to set evil intentions into motion. This situation would go from bad to worse as cutting words left wounds and determinations of wicked leaning hearts.
Frankly, if every person got what he or she deserves, we would all face only eternal hell and destruction if it were not for the mercy and grace of God. Be careful about the mindset of seeking what you deserve.
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