TUESDAY: 19th June 2018
1st reading: 1 Kings 21:17-29
1 Kings 21:25 But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.
Sometimes, for very strong reasons, people want to be the very best at what they do. So good that whenever that item, idea or method is mentioned, their names become the first on people’s lips. However, for some, it matters not in what area they are masters of- in good or in evil, as long as they are ranked first- whether as the most wanted or the most celebrated.
Ahab managed to earn for himself the rather unique title of being described as ‘being like no other’ – only that it was for the very wrong reason: ‘when it came to doing that which the Lord abhorred’- what a status to have! What is even more interesting was the fact that his wife, Jezebel, had every part to play in this. As one would expect of any good wife, she was her husband’s confidante, support and backbone; even sometimes offering to be his hands and feet, as with the story of Naboth.
My dear, one thing we cannot do away with is the reality that: when people believe that they have support for any venture, they become bolder with their intentions. Nonetheless, not every action needs to be supported or condoned, and this is very crucial. Even children from a very young age, when supported to do the good things they love to, can become prodigies. Likewise, when the wrong they do is supported as ‘nothing to worry about’, then they could become very good at that.
Ahab, brimming with confidence and the support of his wife, succeeded in becoming the very best at ‘doing evil’. Hence, the caution to us is to be careful about the manner in which we throw our weight behind everything and everyone.
Remember # Be careful what you support.