When we don’t get everything the way we want, it can be tempting to throw a pity party. The problem is that Jezebel always comes to our pity parties.
Ahab’s offer to buy Naboth’s vineyard got refused. “Naboth said to Ahab, ‘The LORD forbid that I should give the inheritance of my fathers to you! (1 Kings 21:3 NKJV).” Jezebel came and asked dejected Ahab what the matter was. Next, the good man Naboth was murdered.
Note that Naboth was holding on to his inheritance. He inherited the field and intended to pass this down to his children. As our blessings flourish, they become enviable to others. Naboth held his ground before the Lord. We must guard our inheritance from the Lord in prayer, and take the authority Jesus delegated to us in Luke 10:19. “Behold I have you authority to trample upon snakes and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means harm you (Luke 10:19, NKJV).” This is the word of the Lord. This is the authority on which we stand. This is the power to walk victoriously.
In another example, Elijah had just defeated 450 Baal prophets before the people of Israel and declared “The LORD, He is God! The LORD, He is God! (1 Kings 18:39, NKJV).” Then Elijah ran for his life from Jezebel, and prayed that God would take his life. An angel arrived before Jezebel found Elijah. The angel spoke kindly and gave him food and rest.
Then God dialogued with Elijah. God gave Elijah facts he didn’t know. “Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him (1 Kings 19:18, NKJV).” And God assigned Elijah some prophetic duties. Game On! Time to move out (take action) armed with updated information.
So the next time it’s tempting to throw a pity party, remember that Jezebel might come, and call it off. Research the facts. Armed with data God provides (or directs us to), it’s time to get back to the “work” of our destinies and purpose.