Friday, September 17, 2010

Trouble or Truth?

Through the Bible in 90 Days: Day 26

Read: 1 Kings 16:21- 2 Kings 4:37

Verse that stood out:
When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, "Is that you, you troubler of Israel?"

Let's be honest, all of us can think of some person in our lives that we consider a troubler. Someone whose very presence makes us uncomfortable. Now, there is a good chance that the reason this person causes us such great grief is due to some quality in the other person: they're rude, they're crude, they've got a bad attitude. In a word, it's their fault they come across as a troubler.

If we're not careful, though, we can miss the fact that the trouble may not be with them, but with us. The only "trouble" with this other may be that their presence or words expose some trouble with us: our impatience, our selfishness, our own bad attitudes. In this case, it's our fault that this other person causes us so much trouble.

Which is the case may not always be as obvious as it at first seems, largely in part because usually its a mixture of both. So the next time you encounter a troubler, don't miss the chance to take a moment and reflect on the question, "Is the trouble actually with me?"

No comments: