“Uh, oh! Here comes trouble!”
Have you ever had anybody say that about you as you were approaching? I have.
On a number of occasions I heard it humorously from my Grandpa or one of his old-timer friends when I came to visit him at his assisted living apartment–and, then later, in his room at the nursing home. It was funny. Grandpa and his buddies would say it to see if they could get a bit of a rise out of me. Or to tease me about how fast I had probably driven during the one and a half hour two hour trip from my home to Grandpa’s.
But, there have also been a number of occasions for me—and probably for many of you—when, because of our faith in the Almighty God, we have been called to disturb the peace—to be a TROUBLER—for the sake of God’s grace and truth to be known to the people around us.
This was true for the prophet Elijah. King Ahab of Israel had tried to hunt down Elijah for awhile–but without any success. Elijah had courageously spoken out against the wrongs committed by the people of Israel—who were supposed to be the people of God. So, Ahab wasn’t exactly a big fan of Elijah and he wanted to stop him from causing so much TROUBLE.
Then one day, according to God’s perfect timing and perfect plan, the LORD led Elijah to present himself to King Ahab. (Yeah! God can ask some pretty outrageous things of His children!) The meeting and greeting between Ahab and Elijah went like this:
When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, “Is that you, you TROUBLER of Israel?
“I have not made TROUBLE for Israel,” Elijah replied. “But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the LORD’s commands and have followed the Baals [false gods and idols].” 1 Kings 18:17-18
Out of compassion for others and so that they would know the true peace—true love, true joy, true hope, true purpose—that come from obeying the commands of Almighty God, are you willing to trust and obey God enough for you to disturb the peace–to be a TROUBLER–for the LORD? Even if it’s uncomfortable? Even if you might be ignored or misjudged?
God wants us to be His people. And sometimes, God needs to send a TROUBLER to shake us up and wake us up spiritually so that we will follow Him and keep His commands. Our LORD does all this out of His incomprehensible love for us and His desire to give us His true peace!
And sometimes, you or I may be the one called by God to approach others as the LORD’s TROUBLER—aka an Ambassador of Christ! So be it!
So! Here Comes Trouble!—when this is from the LORD, we can be sure it is a good, right and loving thing!
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane