July 3: Undeserved

Ahab said to Elijah, “Have you found me, O my enemy?” He answered, “I have found you, because you have sold yourself to do what is evil in the sight of the LORD.

(1 Kings 21:20 ESV)

Let me give you some context for this verse. Ahab was the seventh king of Israel, and he was a bad one. He was continuously selling himself out to sin. Whether it was the worship of idols, the lust of women, or outright disobedience to God, he was what God warned against when the Israelites desperately wanted a king. Before Elijah confronts him in this passage, Ahab had killed and also taken possession of a people–he had gone further than God told him to, and thus, dishonored Him. When I think of this story, I wonder how different we really are today. You see, I have gone directly against God’s word over and over again to get what I want. I have deceived and lied and fought for power that I didn’t deserve. The difference–the only difference–is Jesus’s blood. Friends, we have been given a grace we don’t deserve. We deserve the same punishment as Ahab (and oh, did he get punished). Let us go before our King in sorrow for our sins today and joy because of the grace we have been given. That grace has abounded amongst our sin. It is far and above anything we could ever dream of or hope for.

Lord, I deserve to live a life no more blessed than the greatest of sinners before your coming. I deserve no part of your grace because I am so wretched. But, God, somehow in Your perfect goodness, You have chosen to bestow it upon me. Help me love you more than I can possibly express on my own. I exalt you, Oh God, for your grace is more than enough for me.

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