And Ahab went into his house vexed and sullen because of what Naboth the Jezreelite had said to him, for he had said, “I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers.” And he lay down on his bed and turned away his face and would eat no food. 1 Kings 21:4
Ahab wanted Naboth’s vineyard, but he would not give or sell it to him. How do I expect Ahab to react? He goes home, lays on his bed, and pouts. Unreal! Can you imagine his great selfishness? How spoiled he must have been.
But how do you act when you don’t get what you want? Maybe you don’t hide in the corner and pout, but that does not mean the response to disappointment is good. I have seen people pout, others bully, some throw a temper tantrum, a few plot to hurt the person who disappointed them. A select, few folks react with all of the above! Most of us hide our feelings, but we harbor the same thoughts. I suspect that most of us aren’t too different from Ahab.
This thought challenges me to reexamine my own attitudes of selfishness and sense of entitlement. It is necessary for me to grow in contentment in all circumstances, whether I have plenty or poverty. My satisfaction must rest in Christ alone and not in the accouterments of life.
Jesus, You are enough for me. I know that with my head; help me grow that I may know it with my heart and live it with my life. My hope is in You alone.