1 Kings 21
Focus Verse: “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.” (29)
Our sins always bring consequences. They may not come immediately, but they will come. Even though Ahab had sold himself to do evil and was responsible for so much wickedness, when God saw that he had humbled himself, He delayed disaster from destroying him right then and there. Such is the mercy of God! But his former actions would still bring disaster on his descendants.
1 Kings 22
Focus Verse: The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, “There is still one prophet through whom we can inquire of the Lord, but I hate him because he never prophesies anything good about me, but always bad. He is Micaiah son of Imlah.” “The king should not say such a thing,” Jehoshaphat replied. (8)
We shouldn’t hate people who tell us necessary things that we may not want to hear. As the saying goes, “The naked truth is always better than the best-dressed lie.” If Ahab had listened to the truth of Micaiah instead of the lies of Zedekiah and the other false prophets, (he still would have died one day), but he would not have died that day while being defeated in battle. Bearers of bad news are not always against us, they may just be trying to save us from death and disaster.
Focus Verse: He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed. (9)
This man who was lame had not said anything. He was just sitting and listening to Paul speak, but Paul could see that he had faith in God to be healed. People should not just know that we are people of faith by the things we say. They should also know we are people of faith by how we act and how we look.