Naboth said to Ahab, “The Lord forbid that I should give you my ancestral inheritance.”
King Ahab demands that Naboth sell his vineyard to him. When Naboth refuses because it is his ancestral land, Ahab gets all sulky.
Queen Jezebel, always a woman of action, arranges a public feast where some scoundrels are to falsely accuse Naboth of cursing God and the king. Naboth is stoned and Ahab gets the vineyard.
The Lord is angered by this. Elijah pronounces judgement against Ahab and Jezebel.
We all exercise power and influence over others to some extent even though we are not all leaders of nations.
The issue here is how we exercise this power. Ahab and Jezebel used their power for purely selfish goals rather than for the good f their kingdom. They were not afraid to take the life of a man of integrity in order to get their way.
Our words and deeds can build people up or pull them down. Our actions may seem acceptable to us but destroy the livelihood, reputation or family of another.
The way of godly influence is through service, laying down our own rights and desires for the sake of others.
Father help me to live a life of sacrifice and service to build others up and to glorify your name. Amen.