Loftiness Doesn’t Equal Leadership

“Ahab also made an Asherah pole and did more to arouse the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, than did all the kings of Israel before him.”

– 1 Kings 16:33

No conversation about Jezebel (who we looked at yesterday) would be complete without an examination of Ahab, her husband, who turned out to be one of Israel’s most wicked kings. Though he ascended to power in the land that the Lord gave to His people as a sign of covenant love, his pride and arrogance led him down a path of corruption that ultimately impacted everyone under his rule. In spite of being given the title of “king,” his foolishness in allowing his wife to influence an entire nation by willfully promoting the worship of Baal proved that he was not suited for the job. He had a place of position but a total lack of wisdom. In fact, so bad was his premeditated evil that the Lord brought punishment on the whole land. Since the people were set on worshipping the god of rain and thunder, the true God withheld all precipitation from the region for three and a half years! 

My friend, just because you hold a title of position and influence, it doesn’t make you automatically qualified for the job. Being a leader requires discernment, steadfastness, courage, and most importantly, the strength to hold fast to what is right, even if it means going against someone close to you. As one who’s been delegated authority over others, their best interest becomes your best interest because every decision you make has the potential to impact them. Wherever you’re called to lead, don’t be arrogant like Ahab; remember that your highest honor is to serve, and that’s how you most passionately reflect the heart of Jesus to those around you! 


Jesus, teach me to be a servant leader and help me to resist the influence of those who would corrupt me and the ones I care about.


What does the story of Ahab teach you about how not to lead?

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