Don’t Shoot The Messenger!
Today’s Reading – 1 Kings 18 & 19
Notice in 1 Kings 18:17
Why do we get upset with the mailman who delivers the bills? Why do we get mad at the teacher or preacher who delivers to us the Word of God? Sometimes I fee like Paul when he said, Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
The blame for Israel’s problems lay primarily at the feet of Israel’s leader, King Ahab. He had completely forsaken God: he married a woman who hated God and even slaughtered God’s prophets. The solution to the problem was not killing Elijah; but Ahab’s turning back to God.
Through the years, I’ve known many people who have gotten away from God and as a result their lives go downhill: sometimes physically, sometimes financially, sometimes in other ways. Often these folks get mad at the church or the preacher: anything but look within.
I have come to a conclusion in my life: my problems are caused by me. If things are going wrong in my family, I don’t blame the church, the government, my neighbors, or anybody else: I blame the guy I see in the mirror in the morning and I go to God for help in getting the mess cleaned up.
Posted in Devotions by Phil Erickson with 1 comment.
Amen Pastor. It is so easy to blame other people for your mistakes, but like you said Paster look at the person in the mirror ,the mirror doesn’t lie, what you see in the mirror is what you are and sometimes the people that you are blaming with the things in your life that are going wrong are the people that are trying to help you. Don’t shoot the messenger take the advice and get back to where you started from the Cross . Like the post.