The Bible passage for meditation, prayer, and reflection for the week of June 18-24, 2017, is 1 Kings 18:17-18. This short passage is an exchange between Ahab, king of Israel, and Elijah, a prophet of the Lord. Ahab and Elijah were opponents, with one worshipping Baal, and the other worshiping the Lord God. In their first recorded meeting, Elijah told Ahab that Israel would have no more rain until Elijah allowed it. Then Elijah left the country! Now, the two men meet again, seven years later.
When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, “Is it you, you troubler of Israel?” And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you have, and your father's house, because you have abandoned the commandments of the Lord and followed the Baals. (1 Kings 18:17-18, ESV)
Israel was in a severe drought. It had not rained for seven years! Ahab blamed Elijah for the drought, and all the problems caused by the drought, calling him a “troubler of Israel.” But Elijah called out Ahab, reminding Ahab that the problems of Israel stem from Ahab and his house, who no longer worship the Lord. Elijah statement still stands today. Those who follow the Lord are repeatedly blamed for problems that countries experience, because they refuse to abandon the commandments of the Lord. Followers of the Lord are still, thousands of years later, considered troublers! We are called to follow the Lord and obey His commandments at all times, not just when it is convenient. Without the Lord, without troublers, society would rapidly degrade into complete immorality and chaos. As you meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon this week’s verse, consider your daily actions. Are you a troubler?