"The LORD detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him" - Proverbs 11:1 (NIV).
If you talk of failed leadership there is King Ahab who might come off as perhaps the worst example of a leader. Once he craved after a vineyard of a neighbour (I King 22). When his request was turned down he went back home sulking. It is there that his wife, a one Jezebel, found him. On getting to know what was troubling him, she teased and tounted him, "Jezebel his wife said, “Is this how you act as king over Israel? Get up and eat! Cheer up. I’ll get you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite" (vv 7).
Jezebel's plan was simple. Frame up Naboth as rebellious subject, quickly arrange a kangaroo trial, convict him to death, and then get the vineyard. Incredibly, her ruse worked. After writing letters and sealing them in Ahab's name, all the "elders and nobles" gathered and once two scoundrels had falsely accused Naboth, they gathered him up and stoned him to death. "When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, he got up and went down to take possession of Naboth’s vineyard" (vv 16).
All seemed fine. But there was someone watching. Soon after the Lord sent a man of God, Elijah, to bring to King Ahab's attention a small matter. "I have found you,” he answered, “because you have sold yourself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord. He says, ‘I am going to bring disaster on you. I will wipe out your descendants and cut off from Ahab every last male in Israel—slave or free" (vv 20- 21).
Being unjust is what Ahab had done- putting an innocent man to death to grab his possession. As we all know nothing has changed much since- around us are evil people who excel in grabbing their neighbours property through falsehood. But someone is watching. For "As a partridge that hatches eggs which it has not laid, So is he who makes a fortune, but unjustly; in the midst of his days it will forsake him, And in the end he will be a fool" (Jeremiah 17:1).
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham and maker of heaven and earth, you are a God who hates unjust gain and today I pray to earn your favour by being fair to all in all my affairs, this I pray in Jesus's name.
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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” – ( 2 Timothy 4:7).
Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.
Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).
Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).
Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!