23
Nov
15

Seeking God’s Guidance

2 Kings 1 (NIV)

After Ahab’s death, Moab rebelled against Israel. Now Ahaziah had fallen through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria and injured himself. So he sent messengers, saying to them, “Go and consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, to see if I will recover from this injury.”

But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Go up and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?’ Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘You will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!’” So Elijah went.

When the messengers returned to the king, he asked them, “Why have you come back?”

“A man came to meet us,” they replied. “And he said to us, ‘Go back to the king who sent you and tell him, “This is what the Lord says: Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending messengers to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore you will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!”’”

The king asked them, “What kind of man was it who came to meet you and told you this?”

They replied, “He had a garment of hair and had a leather belt around his waist.”

The king said, “That was Elijah the Tishbite.”

Then he sent to Elijah a captain with his company of fifty men. The captain went up to Elijah, who was sitting on the top of a hill, and said to him, “Man of God, the king says, ‘Come down!’”

10 Elijah answered the captain, “If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!” Then fire fell from heaven and consumed the captain and his men.

11 At this the king sent to Elijah another captain with his fifty men. The captain said to him, “Man of God, this is what the king says, ‘Come down at once!’”

12 “If I am a man of God,” Elijah replied, “may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!” Then the fire of God fell from heaven and consumed him and his fifty men.

13 So the king sent a third captain with his fifty men. This third captain went up and fell on his knees before Elijah. “Man of God,” he begged, “please have respect for my life and the lives of these fifty men, your servants! 14 See, fire has fallen from heaven and consumed the first two captains and all their men. But now have respect for my life!”

15 The angel of the Lord said to Elijah, “Go down with him; do not be afraid of him.” So Elijah got up and went down with him to the king.

16 He told the king, “This is what the Lord says: Is it because there is no God in Israel for you to consult that you have sent messengers to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Because you have done this, you will never leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!” 17 So he died, according to the word of the Lord that Elijah had spoken.

 

 

Are you looking for answers in all of the wrong places?  In 2 Kings 1, we read of Ahaziah who had become king after his father, Ahab’s, death.  1 Kings 22:53 (NIV) says of Ahaziah, “He served and worshiped Baal and aroused the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, just as his father had done.”  Ahaziah had somehow injured himself and wanted to know if he was going to recover from his injury.  Instead of seeking the Lord and praying to God, Ahaziah decided to consult a false god (Baal-Zebub, god of Ekron).  This greatly displeased the Lord and He sent Elijah to prophesy against Ahaziah, who later died because of his sin.

Ahaziah should have been asking the one true God for answers.  Instead, he chose to try and find answers in a false god.  Some people are looking for answers in all of the wrong places.  We want answers about the meaning and purpose of life, so some turn to philosophy to try and figure life out.  We want answers about our relationships, so some turn Dr. Phil or self-help books.  We want answers about our futures, so many turn to their horoscopes or they consult mediums and fortune tellers.  It is as if people don’t want to seek God and His wisdom.  No, we’d rather seek another way.

God gave you your life and He has a plan for it.  Turn to the Lord for wisdom and answers for the life He has given to you.  He knows what is best, so seek Him first knowing that He will never take you in the wrong direction.

PRAYER: Lord, I need answers to the great questions of life.  I need Your wisdom and guidance today.  I am sorry for the times I haven’t sought You first and ask that Your Holy Spirit will lead me and guide me today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

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