Are there any people or any one person who is the problem when a country or land is troubled, and plagued by drought, famine, hunger, poverty, or disasters? Do these things just kind of happen? I think there are a lot of things we need to consider. One is, does that nation or people group call themselves a people of God? Do they claim to live by the laws of God? In the case of which we look at today the answer to those last two questions is “Yes!”
Let us hear from God’s word…
“And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim. Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table. So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.” 1 Kings 18:17-20 (KJV)
Because of the godlessness of Ahab and Jezebel, and their leading the northern kingdom of Israel into rebellion against the LORD God, Elijah had prayed for a period of no rain. It was a 3.5 year period without rain.
That poses the question; “Who is really a troubler of a land or country?” The answer to that question with a Biblical answer is the one or more who have departed from God’s law and His word.
Elijah was accused by the king of being the troubler, but Elijah turned that back around telling the king, “…You and your father’s house have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and have followed Baalim”. They departed from the living God, to follow a fake God, who had no power, no life, nothing to give, but destruction.
Who troubled Israel? The ones who departed from the word and law of God. Who troubles our land? The ones who have departed from the word of God and the law of God fulfilled in His Son Jesus Christ.
Let us return to the LORD our God with all our heart.