Is There No God In Israel?

In II Kings 1, King Ahaziah, who had fallen and become ill, sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, whether he would recover. In :3, Elijah confronts the messengers and proclaims: “Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron?”

This question surely applies to many of us today as well:

who are looking for counsel, or for help, or for strength — or a thousand other things — in secular counseling, in government, in every place other than the God of the Bible. What does this say about our God — or perhaps more accurately, what does it say about US? When we look to other sources instead of to God, it demonstrates that our hope and trust are not really in Him.

Thus Elijah’s question is as penetrating for us now as it was for Ahaziah. If we are trusting in something other than the Lord, “Is it because there is no God in Israel?”

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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