Conviction. Ahimelech was a man of conviction. The Lord has challenged me this week with the account of Ahimelech, and the choice that he made. The story begins in 1 Samuel 21 and concludes with Ahimelech's death, the death of his family, and his town in 22. Ahimelech was the priest that David ran to and lied to when he fled from Saul. Saul found out that David had been helped by Ahimelech, and he considered Ahimelech an accomplice to the fugitive, and thus, Ahimelech faced the consequences. I'm amazed at the conviction that Amihelech had. You can hear his conviction in the way he responds to Saul in 1 Samuel 22:14-15.
Generations earlier, Joshua told the Israelites that they would have to choose whom they would serve (Josh. 24:14-15), but I'm not certain that any of them would have ever thought they would face the likes of King Saul. So, here's the point this week: As a follower of Christ, have you considered that Ahimelech's fate could be your fate one day?
Maybe it sounds absurd to you, but church history if full of these stories. Do yourself a favor and spend some time reading the famous Foxe's Book of Martyrs. John Foxe compiles numerous accounts of Christians that gave their lives over hundreds and hundreds of years for the sake of the gospel. Get a copy on Amazon or read the free pdf, but read it! Be inspired by the heroes of our faith. Realize that "comfort Christianity" is abnormal over the past 2,000 years. Choosing where you worship, the people you worship with, the style of music or dress, the bible translation the preacher preaches from, the time of day you worship, whether you sit on a pew or a chair, whether you sing from a screen or a hymnal -- these are all such trivial choices that the overwhelming majority of Christians throughout history have never even dreamed of making. Most Christians would be amazed at the superficial matters Christians get upset about toda