FAITHFUL OF GOD OR TROUBLEMAKERS?

(1 Kings 18:17-18) “Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, “Is that you, O troubler of Israel?” And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the LORD and have followed the Baals.”
Isn’t it odd that throughout history, God’s faithful will be accused of making trouble instead of the real trouble makers? Even more odd is that often it is God’s own people who assassinate the character of those trying to teach and keep the faithful word of God. Throughout the book of Acts, Paul was accused of: blasphemy, taking non-Jews into the temple, causing riots, etc. He was guilty of none of these but because of his teachings, his own Jewish brethren hated him. Some tried to kill him!
Of course these things are used to accomplish God’s will. Jesus taught the truth and He was rejected and crucified. His death and resurrection served to give us all a chance of going to heaven. Paul’s treatment by his brethren, led him to Rome to do mission work from the King’s own household! The hardships of faithful followers of God have often been used to advance the Kingdom of God. But woe to those who cause the hardships!
It doesn’t matter what people think. God will judge whether we were faithful to Him or troublemakers. Let us all walk with the faithful as they shall walk with God, one day, eternally.
Chris

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