Prayer: All-knowing God, help us to avoid grumbling, especially when we have an audience. Amen
Reading: I Kings 21: 1-10, (11-14), 15-21a (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: So, Ahab wanted something someone else had and that someone had every right to not give it up. That should have been the end of the story but it wasn't. Ahab went home and pouted; worse, he grumbled about the situation to someone else. Now there were two people aggravated about something they had no right to be. Well, as the story goes, the person with a listening ear arranges for the someone with the something to be killed; stoned to death, to put it bluntly. God then sends Elijah, the prophet, to talk to Ahab. Elijah exposes Ahab's part in the death and pretty much tells Ahab that he and others will get the same and worse.
Would this have happened if Ahab had simply taken "No." for an answer? Would this have happened if he had just kept his grumbling to himself? I am not sure why we think our grumbling or complaining is going to make anything better. Sometimes, it only makes things worse; especially when we have an audience. Let's keep that in mind. I imagine Ahab wished he had. --Ruth Gates
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