MONDAY: 18th June, 2018
Reference text: 1 Kings 21:1-16,
1 Kings 21:2 And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money.
In trading, one works with what they already have in their hand- much like risking what you have to get more, and even though Ahab made such an offer to Naboth, he declined. Thus arises the question: If king Ahab really had a better vineyard in his assets as he purported, why did he want that of Naboth?
What was it about Naboth’s vineyard that made Ahab want it so much that he threw a tantrum like a baby to Jezebel, his wife? We can critically assess all the characters in this text under a microscope, but a bird’s eye view of the situation between Ahab and Naboth reveal the possibility that Ahab’s unconvincing answer of the vineyards proximity to his palace and his intention of changing the vineyard into a vegetable garden after acquisition contributed in part to Naboth’s refusal.
However, the key lesson from the words of Naboth reveal his understanding of a situation Esau realised too late – the importance of protecting an inheritance. For Naboth, neither an equivalent price nor a better vineyard were tempting enough to let go of that which had been given to him. He knew the potential present in what he had and was not giving it up, even for the king of Samaria with whom he was neighbours.
One temptation that many fall victim to is the prospect of something better, usually at the price of that which we have already have in our hands. The location, environment and future prospects of this vineyard drew Ahab to it, but its owner, already aware of these facts and the very fact that it was an inheritance; held on to it.
People will sweet talk you into giving up what you treasure, but sweetheart, do not be so quick to let go of that which is precious- your God, your family or that brilliant idea, just at the mere prospect of something better. It’s about time you realised the real worth of that which you have in your hand, lest you end up losing that which you ought to keep.
Remember # seek for clarity on the things worth clinging on to and those to be let go