‘But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Go up and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?’”’ 2 Kings 1.3
The context for this passage is that the king had injured himself by falling through a roof, and in his pain he sought the help of other gods. The lesson is quite clear: when we are in trouble, the first place to go is to the God who loves us and is deeply concerned about us.
It is certainly not wrong to turn to other people for help as one of the greatest ways that God brings help to us is through others, both trained professionals
and loving friends, but what King Ahaziah (the man who fell through the roof) did wrong was to deliberately choose to bypass the God of Israel.
We hope we would never do this, but it is worth looking back over the past few days and weeks and reminding yourself of the occasions when you needed help. What was your reaction in these situations? Did you turn to God first, or was he the last resort when things went wrong? It is at times like this that the extent of our relationship with him is really revealed, and the more we feed it the more likely it is that there will be a naturalness in turning to God first when we are in need.
When Elijah confronted the king the message was simple – didn’t you know that God was there for you? Perhaps this is a question for us all.