Who Is The Troubler?

Who Is The Troubler? By Kirk Hunt

Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, “Is that you, O troubler of Israel?”   And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and have followed the Baals.

1 Kings 18:17–18 NKJV
Please also read 1 Kings 18:7–18

We see it a lot in modern America.  Problems and issues come up, and the chief troublemaker(s) lay the blame at the feet of others instead of themselves.  The real troubler, too often, is the very leader or administrator who is supposed to know better and guide better.

Yes, Elijah declared the drought that God sent.  It was Ahab’s deliberate leadership to idolatry, and repression of God’s true worship, that caused God to hold the rain.  In willful disobedience, Ahab remained defiant against God and His messenger, despite his own suffering and that of the nation.

Nearly three millennia later, men and women still try to shift the blame for their failings and wrongdoing.  Ahab fought against the very God of heaven, yet expected someone else to take the blame.  If common folk can see through your pretense, clearly God’s omniscience never sees anything but your error and wrongdoing.

King and prophet met in confrontation.  One represented error, heresy and rebellion against God.  The other represented the God of heaven in a call to contrition and repentance.  Where would you stand then?  Where do you stand now?

Think:        Godly men and women take responsibility for their errors or wrongdoing.

Pray:           “Lord, help me to take responsibility for the things I do or lead.”

 

Copyright © October 2017, Kirk Hunt

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Seeking Justice

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Seeking Justice by Kirk Hunt

 

Thus saith the Lord God; Let it suffice you, O princes of Israel: remove violence and spoil, and execute judgment and justice, take away your exactions from my people, saith the Lord God.

Ezekiel 45:9 KJV

 

It is easy to question the justice of ancient Israel’s leaders.  Their error and injustice is recorded in Scripture.  What about leaders, including you, in the modern era?  Do you seek justice in the here and now?

 

“Let it suffice you.”  Injustice is almost always preceded by lust.  Greed is simply the money-focused version of lust.  Be content with what you have, or at least content to pursue more without cheating.

 

God does not forbid His people from having and acquiring.  In fact, Jesus said that He came to give us abundant life.  Still, wealth and advancement does not have to come at the unfair expense of those around you.

 

Pursue God.  He will add everything else to you.  His blessings never flow from swindling or oppressing someone else.  Do your part in righteousness and He will bless you more than you think or imagine.

 

You can win, acquire and live in the big house on the hill.  Just be sure you can face God with a clean record and unstained hands.  It may take a little longer, but His approval is worth the longer route.

 

Think:            Do I pursue justice through my own life and leadership?

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to be an example of Your truth and justice.”

 

 

Copyright © October 2013, Kirk Hunt

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Leadership Goals

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Leadership Goals by Kirk Hunt

 

And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews.

Nehemiah 5:1 KJV

 

Nehemiah’s Jerusalem was a fixer-upper at best.  Jerusalem, the capital of the restored nation, remained a wall-less, gate-less, half-ruined city (Nehemiah 1:3).  The people in general were surrounded by hostile nations and individuals, like Sanballat and Tobiah (Nehemiah 2:10).  Worst of all, the Jews were generally impoverished.

 

What would you expect of the nobles and rulers, the Jewish leadership, in a situation like this?  Would they be fierce and selflessly focused on rebuilding the wealth and capacity of the nation?  Would their every waking thought be bent toward the restoration of the nation and the wellbeing of the people?

 

The rulers and nobles, the leadership of the Jews, were enriching themselves.  Wealth gained at the expense of their vulnerable kindred and countrymen.  It was not enough that they were taking title to all of the farms and vineyards in the area (Nehemiah 5:5).  They were forcing the sale of sons and daughters, nephews and nieces, into slavery.

 

Leadership is about achieving good for the organization (nation, business, family).  Leaders are supposed to be concerned with making things better for those lead.  Then, as now, some will selfishly exploit their positions of trust and privilege.

 

You lead someone, somewhere to some place.  At home, on the job or even at Church, someone trusts you to lead with integrity and wisdom.  Who is gaining (or losing) because of your leadership?

 

Think:            Do I lead for God’s goals or my own?

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to lead in Your truth and wisdom.”

 

 

Copyright © October 2013, Kirk Hunt

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Leaders Work Too

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Leaders Work Too by Kirk Hunt

 

And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord.

Nehemiah 3:5 KJV

The men of Tekoa showed up and worked.  They lived a full day’s travel away from Jerusalem, but they understood the importance of walls around the Capitol city and the Temple.  They brought materials, tools and most importantly, themselves.

 

Still, the men of Tekoa lacked something: Official Leadership.  Obviously, someone worked out all of the logistics and details.  Real men, with a heart for God and the nation, but not the official leaders of Tekoa.

 

The regular men of Tekoa did what needed to be done.  The common citizens worked long hours in the hot, Mediterranean sun.  The common folk shared the risks of enemy attack and shared defense.

 

The wealthy and well-dressed leadership of Tekoa?  They were hard to find.  Or worse, easy to find, but doing nothing.

 

Real leadership is not a title.  True nobility is not an accident of birth.  Both require being in the thick of what must be done, even at the risk of dirt or danger.

 

Are you one of the common folks?  Lead out in what you know needs doing.  Be the leader who builds the Kingdom.

 

Are you leadership in the Kingdom?  Put your back in it.  Prove your worthiness for the title.  Demonstrate the reason you hold the position.

 

Think:            Building God’s Kingdom requires everyone, especially leadership, to work.

 

Pray:              “Lord, let me lead out in building Your Kingdom.”

 

 

Copyright © August 2012, Kirk Hunt

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Leadership Prayer

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“Leadership Prayer” by Kirk Hunt

 

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 

2 Timothy 2:1—2 KJV

 

Christians are called to pray for leadership. Are they in civil authority over you? Then you are to pray for them.

Paul would have been directing Christian men and women to pray for the Roman Caesar. Would you follow the Biblical commandment to pray for Nero, the great Roman persecutor of Christians? Just as you should pray for your local, state (province) or national leaders.

The commandment is to pray for them so that we can lead a “quiet and peaceable” life, here in the real world. They do not have to be believers. You do not have to be in agreement with their policy or decisions. It is God’s job to sort that part out.

There seems to be chaos and uncertainty through much of the world, these days. Do you really believe that regular men and women have the answers for so many difficult issues? We need unearthly intelligence and thinking to save our world.

As always, God is the answer. Pray that those who hold authority in the world get their orders from God. Only he has the solution that let us lead quiet and peaceable lives.

Think: As a Christian, I am called to pray for my leadership.

Pray: “Lord, help me to build your Kingdom, through prayer.”

Copyright © August 2011, Kirk Hunt