Here comes trouble

Here comes trouble. We usually say it with a smile, goofing on a friend who just showed up.

But King Ahab of Israel didn’t mean it that way when he encountered Elijah,

When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, “Is it you, you troubler of Israel?” (I Kings 18:17, English Standard Version)

If you’re a guy or gal of God like Elijah, you will be trouble for plenty of people. You will be perfume to those who belong to God and you will stink to everybody else,

For we are the aroma of Christ for God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to the latter an odor of death that leads to death, to the former an odor of life that leads to life. Who is qualified for this? (2 Corinthians 2:15-16, New American Bible)

You don’t have to do something wrong to make trouble. In fact, you can do everything right. Well, in truth you can’t do everything right. But one guy did and was still labelled trouble by a big chunk of the public, judging from the polling data,

There was a lot of grumbling about him among the crowds. Some argued, “He’s a good man,” but others said, “He’s nothing but a fraud who deceives the people.” (John 7:12, New Living Translation)

Elijah was trouble. The Apostles stank. Jesus was a fraud.

You got a good label yet?


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