Well, why not? He was king. Everything was his. Why not take Naboth’s vineyard? He probably didn’t appreciate what he had. An offer of a bigger vineyard or a wad of cash, what is so wrong with that? And if Naboth refused to bargain, whose fault was that? Not Ahab’s. So went the logic. But it was flawed. It left God out of the equation.
We are quite familiar with this line of reasoning. There is oil or gold or some commodity under your land. It is valuable. We want it. We are more powerful than you. You can’t possibly appreciate the value of it. We’ll just take it. Again, no God in the equation.
When God enters the equation, it isn’t pretty. God is incensed at Ahab’s hubris. In terms that even Ahab couldn’t possibly misunderstand, God tells Ahab he is a dead man.
You see, all things belong to God; we are but stewards. God has richly blessed us with so much. So why covet?
You see, we are all created in God’s image; we are to respect and honour each other.
As we go through this day, let us acknowledge God’s blessings with thankfulness. We have enough.
Providing God, help us appreciate what we have and not covet what we don't have. Amen. — DAB