Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Life can be a struggle. (Part 2)

King Ahaziah is already doing a poor job of following the LORD.  In fact, he continues to lead Israel (the north) to worship Baal and turn against God.  Now, he has gotten hurt in an accident and needs to seek medical attention.

So he sent messengers to the temple of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, to ask whether he would recover. (2 Kings 1:2b NLT)

Sometimes we get hurt in life.  When we do, we turn to various places for healing.  Small hurts (scratches) get fixed with bandages and antibiotic ointment.  Larger hurts may take us to a nurse, a doctor, or even a hospital.  Ahaziah was hurt badly, so he turned to god.  The problem is that he turned to the wrong god.

But the angel of the LORD told Elijah, who was from Tishbe, "Go and confront the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, 'Is there no God in Israel? Why are you going to Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, to ask whether the king will recover? Now, therefore, this is what the LORD says: You will never leave the bed you are lying on; you will surely die.'" So Elijah went to deliver the message. (2 Kings 1:3-4 NLT)

How about you?  When you get hurt, do you turn to God as a part of your healing process?  Are they “gods” that are limited in what they can do, or do you turn to the LORD for help?