The Messengers Came Again
1 Kings 20:5
“And the messengers came again, and said, Thus speaketh Benhadad, saying, Although I have sent unto thee, saying, Thou shalt deliver me thy silver, and thy gold, and thy wives, and thy children;”
In the verse above, Ahab learned an important principle about compromise. Benhadad sent messengers to Ahab saying, “Thy silver and thy gold is mine; thy wives also and thy children, even the goodliest, are mine.” Amazingly, Ahab surrendered to this compromise and yielded these things over to Benhadad. However, Benhadad didn’t stop in verse 3. In the verse above “the messengers came again.” Ahab thought that as long as he gave Benhadad what he wanted the first time that it would appease him and that he would never have to deal with him again. Ahab didn’t understand that the enemy never stops demanding your compromise until they destroy you. This story teaches several valuable lessons about compromise.
First, the problem with compromise is that it keeps on taking. You must always keep in mind that the messengers of compromise will never stop coming. Once you move, the messengers of compromise will come again to demand that you move again. I know, they say that if you move one time that they will be happy, but they are lying to you. The messengers of compromise will keep on taking as long as you keep on giving in to compromise. There must come a point when you say that enough is enough.
Second, an agreement with compromise is always a loss. It doesn’t matter how many times you have compromised, each time you compromise you lose. Have you ever noticed that those who demand your compromise never keep their word when you move? The messengers of compromise are never going to keep their word because they are trying to shame you into moving by calling you an obstructionist or the problem. You are going to have to get a thick skin and ignore the messengers of compromise so that you don’t lose.
Third, you never recover the ground you lost in compromise. Ahab never regained the silver and gold he lost when he gave in to Benhadad’s demand of compromise. I rarely see those who compromise return to the place where they once stood. Once you lose ground, you may return to a point, but you never go back to the place where you once stood. One of the greatest reasons you should never give in to compromise is so that the next generation doesn’t lose sight of where you should always stand. The messengers of compromise take ground from you that you never recover. You must stand firm against the messengers of compromise so that you always keep the stance for truth that you are supposed to keep.
Fourth, you vanish your credibility when you compromise. Ahab’s credibility with his servants was lost the moment he surrendered to the messengers of compromise. Many Christians and men of God who once stood for truth have lost their credibility because they compromised the message they once used to preach and live. My friend, you may think that people will like you more if you compromise, but you will find out that they will lose all respect for you because you moved. Compromise is always a losing offer. We are not to be concerned about being liked by the world; we are commanded to reach the world. My friend, stop worrying about what the world thinks about you and just determine to do right and stand for truth.