Naboth didn’t intend to be a story in the Bible. He was willing to stand his ground. There is no king who can take what is yours in the Lord. You and I can stand in the face of the devil and the world and say no deal.
I Kings 21:1And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria.2 And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money.3 And Naboth said to Ahab, The Lord forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.4 And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him: for he had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers. And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread.
What life truths we see here! Down through the stages of life I noticed the devil has been there all the way. The world is there. They have been relentless in trying to get me to give up what I have in the Lord. The devil works on us in age brackets. He and the world are clever in each stage to gear our lives and take away what we have. Low standards are being taught in schools. That which is right is being steered away from. The world view is being pushed. Wickedness is on every hand. Sin is not called sin. Evil is not evil. Normal is considered abnormal. Christians are now considered abnormal. They say something is wrong with us. I’m not worried about how the world measures me. I’m concerned how God measures. What was once abnormal is now normal. It’s more than right and wrong.
If you say no deal you are targeted. Even terrorist threats are turned into something else. The media will protect any religious group except Christianity. That shows how determined the world is to get Christians to sell out and give up what the Lord has given us. We must stand our ground. Paul tells us to put on the whole armor of God and stand. God is able to make us stand. If God be for us who can be against us? We are more than conquerors in Jesus Christ.
Naboth didn’t have much but a small vineyard. It was his inheritance forever. What we have from God is forever and we don’t have to give it up. The devil can’t make you a real deal. What he offers is nothing. It was a blessing to have a vineyard in that day. It was beautiful and fruitful because Naboth watched it and kept it up. We have to tend our spiritual life; if we don’t those little foxes that spoil the grapes will get in. If we examine our “vineyard” we’ll see a fruitful life. The things of the devil get old while the things of Jesus never lose their freshness. Isn’t it good to be saved!
Naboth’s vineyard was his father’s and forefather’s. We have an inheritance from our Father in heaven. We can enjoy it now. We don’t have to wait. Many people sell out. They fail to keep a watch on their vineyard and when the world offers something they think it looks better. Ahab told Naboth he’d given him a better vineyard. If he’d had a better vineyard he wouldn’t have wanted Naboth’s. Why doesn’t the world leave us alone? If it’s so good out there why aren’t they trying to keep it to themselves? Before I was saved I wanted others with me when I was into things I shouldn’t have been. I didn’t want to do it alone. Sin isn’t that good. Christians are the free ones. Ahab had the kingdom and all kinds of vineyards and land. He couldn’t stand it and just had to have what Naboth had. The devil is zealous and mad at what we have because he can never have it. I found out the only way to have a better life was to give up my life of sin.
Ahab didn’t want to have it for a vineyard. He wanted to tear it down and make an herb garden. He wanted to change it. The devil wants us to give it up. Think you’ll enjoy what he has to offer? You won’t. The devil changes things. Ahab couldn’t stand it that Naboth had something he didn’t. I’m proud of Naboth for standing his ground. Don’t sign over what you have. Naboth said no deal for any price. We have a duty to not only ourselves but for the unsaved who need a Christian example. There are more than we realize depending on us.
Naboth was bold enough to stand up to the king. Do we have the nerve to stand up to the forces of evil? Do we have the fortitude and commitment to say no deal? I’m keeping what I have with the Father.
Ahab had to walk away. He was mad because he didn’t get his way. Naboth was killed so Ahab could have the vineyard. Are you willing to say you’ll have to kill me first? If we have that kind of nerve we can be a keeper of Jesus. Let’s be a keeper!