"Hast Thou Found Me, O Mine Enemy?"
- I Kings 21:20 “And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy? And he answered, I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the LORD.”
In the article “Giving Life and Comfort”, we learned that others standing for truth will find your stand for truth to be comforting and life giving. In this article it is important to learn that those who have forsaken the truth will find your stand for truth to be an attack against their lawlessness. As a result, like with Ahab and Elijah in our text, those not standing for truth will perceive you as their “enemy”. Why is this?
- Galatians 4:16 “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?”
Well, we learn from Rom. 5:10 that all sinners start out as enemies of God. Through Jesus, we make amends and become friends of God. Yet, we must remember that the carnal, sinful mind will always be at enmity against our holy God. (Rom. 8:7) Sin will always clash against truth. So, standing for truth makes you an enemy with any who choose lasciviousness.
- James 4:4 “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
You are either a friend of the world and the enemy of God or you are the friend of God and the enemy of the world. There is no gray area or middle ground. And this is why those not standing for truth view those who stand for truth as an offense, a stench, a troublemaker, a hindrance, a bother, an enemy. You must decide which enemy you will become.