Humble yourself and God will exalt you!
“Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? Because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days…” (1Kings 21:29)
The verse 25 declares this about Ahab, “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.”
The whole of the chapter shows how Jezebel killed Naboth for her husband Ahab, the king of Samaria, to possess the vineyard of Naboth. The bible says Ahab is so wicked that there is none like him in wickedness. The act of Jezebel displeased God so Elijah the prophet was sent by God to pronounce judgment on Ahab and his household.
The most intriguing thing is that he showed great act of humility before God: “And it came to pass when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and he put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.” (v. 27). This act of humility moved God to change His pronouncement by declaring what is in the verse 29 above.
“Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? Because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days…”
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” (James 4:10)
“And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” (Matt. 23:12)
[Written by Isaac Quaye]
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