In this scripture, the King, Ahaziah, son of the former King Ahab, takes Elijah for granted thinking he can push Elijah around. More significantly he takes God for granted. The penetrating question Elijah asks is in 2 Kings 1:3, 6 and 16: “Is it because there is no God in Israel for you to consult that you have sent messengers to consult Baal-Zebub.” Our society takes God for granted, looking everywhere for solutions to the world’s problems// but God.
I liked the little meme I saw on FB this morning. It was a message on the front of the Bible: “Believe it or not, this book is being played out right before our eyes, and the world doesn’t even see it.”
It is as if God is saying through Elijah, “What am I? Chopped Liver?” The answer to Elijah’s question is obvious: of course there is a God in Israel, the one true living God….but the King takes God for granted.
In our busy world we become consumed by our needs. We slip into taking God for granted ~~ we want answers according to our desires rather than conform our lives to the will of God. By next Sunday I should be able to see again after cataract surgery (get used to me without glasses) but if God should choose for me to be blind, so be it. I don’t expect that. I am not trying to be dramatic… just sayin… God has already given me more to see in this world than I deserve.