Christian Devotional – August 12, 2019
Fast forward. Moving ahead to follow Elijah’s life, we see that Ahab has died, just as the Lord said, and his son has been made king. Unfortunately, his son isn’t making any better choices. Read 2 Kings 1:1-3.
Now Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab. And Ahaziah fell through the lattice in his upper chamber which was in Samaria, and became ill. So he sent messengers and said to them, “Go, inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, whether I will recover from this sickness.” But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and say to them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron?’
2 Kings 1:1-3 NASB
Ahaziah, Ahab’s son, has been injured and is looking for someone to tell him if he is going to get better. He decides to ask Baal, an idol that he worships. The Lord tells Elijah to go and intercept and ask him about it. Is there no God in Israel? What a telling question to ask him!
Ahaziah would have known exactly who Elijah was and all the stuff between him and his dad. Elijah had to be wondering if the son had learned anything from the poor example that Ahab had set. For us, do we know and believe that there is a God here who knows us and sees our needs and wants to help us? Or are we running after answers from anything else we can find? God is still God, even if we don’t want to acknowledge Him.