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Sun, Jun 11, 2017

Is There No God?

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1 hr 6 mins 31 secs
While many believers claim to believe that prayer works, that prayer changes things, that prayer has power, prayer is often treated as a last resort, a last option. It is something they hope can bail them out of tough times when nothing else seems to be working. But prayer is intended to be much more than that. After the death of King Ahab, in steps Ahaziah, King Ahab’s son. King Ahaziah reigned for only two years, not much time to do much of anything. But we do read about the end of his reign in 2 Kings chapter 1.

While many believers claim to believe that prayer works, that prayer changes things, that prayer has power, prayer is often treated as a last resort, a last option. It is something they hope can bail them out of tough times when nothing else seems to be working. But prayer is intended to be much more than that. After the death of King Ahab, in steps Ahaziah, King Ahab’s son. King Ahaziah reigned for only two years, not much time to do much of anything. But we do read about the end of his reign in 2 Kings chapter 1. King Ahaziah had an unfortunate accident. The accident was so serious and caused so much damage that King Ahaziah was fearful for his life. And it was this fear, that prompted Ahaziah to consult Baal-zebub, the false god of Ekron. This action was in defiance to God’s stern warning against the acts of witchcraft and sorcery (Lev. 19:31; 20:6). And when the Lord saw that Ahaziah was about to blatantly defy his warnings, He sent Elijah to him through the King’s servants (2 Kings 1:3-8). King Ahaziah quickly realized that it was Elijah who was giving this deadly message. And of course this upset him greatly. The reason he sent the messenger to Ekron was to find out what his future would hold for him. And that is in fact what Elijah gave him the answer to. Elijah let him know what he wanted to know, it just wasn’t the answer he was hoping or expecting. And so in anger, hoping to intimidate Elijah, King Ahaziah deployed three sets of 50 soldiers to arrest Elijah. The fire that Elijah called down from heaven consumed the first two sets. Only the third set and their captain were spared. But there was a recurring question that runs through this story. It is an important question. It is asked by the Lord initially in verse 3, and then a messenger repeats it to Ahaziah in verse 4, and then Elijah asks Ahaziah in verse 16: "Is it because there is no God in Israel for you to consult that you have sent messengers to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?" I wonder if God is asking the same question of us today. I wonder if God is looking at you and asking you that question, "Is it because there is no God in your life that you have to turn to everything else before you turn to me?" Does God have reason to ask that question of you? "Is it because there is no God in your life that you turn to everything else before you turn to me?" Husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, is he asking that question of you? Students, is God asking that question of you? Workers and businessmen, is he asking you that question? And we can go on and on with all of us. When we struggle to overcome a sin in our life, when we have loved ones who are sick and hurting, when we are sick and hurting. When we have financial hardships, when we have struggles and battles to face at work, at home, in our family. And so often we turn to everyone else, and to everything else before we turn to God in prayer. And God asks all of us, "Is it because there is no God in your life that you will not turn to me in prayer first?" What God is saying to King Ahaziah, and to all of us is that He wants to be our first option. Before we turn anywhere else, before we go anywhere else, God wants us to turn to him in prayer and ask for his strength, his guidance, his protection in all things.

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