1 Kings 21:16
“And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.”
Ahab was the epitome of weakness. We often talk about the domineering spirit of Jezebel, but maybe the reason she was so domineering was because her husband wouldn’t take the lead. In the story of Naboth’s vineyard, Ahab’s weakness as a man is on full display. In this story, six characteristics are revealed about a weak man. Let me share with you these characteristics.
First, weak men won’t serve the LORD. The first thing you will notice about Ahab was that he wanted Naboth’s vineyard to plant a garden of herbs to worship Baal. The worship of Baal was the popular religion of those times. Weak men go along with anything just to fit in with the crowd. Weak men won’t have the courage to be the lead in serving the LORD. It takes a strong man to be the leader in serving the LORD. You can’t serve the LORD in weakness because it is always the unpopular lifestyle in every age. You will never be a strong man until you get this part settled that you are going to take the lead in serving the LORD.
Second, weak men look for entitlements. Ahab didn’t want to build his own vineyard; he wanted Naboth to give him his vineyard. A strong man doesn’t look for others to build things for him; rather, he chooses to build things for himself. You will never be a strong man if you are always waiting for others to do things for you. You must have the initiative to build it yourself. God made men to conquer and build; so stop looking for others to build something for you and build it yourself.
Third, weak men easily give up. It is very telling how quickly Ahab gave up when he didn’t get the vineyard. Strong men don’t quit at the first instance of adversity and failure; rather, they figure out a way to make it happen. Just because something didn’t work out doesn’t mean you should quit. Get up, and figure out a way to make it happen.
Fourth, weak men pout. Ahab pouted when he didn’t get his way instead of letting the setback become the catalyst to figure out a way. Strong men don’t pout; strong men are challenged when things don’t go their way. Pouting men are the result of parents who won’t demand their boys to get up and figure out a way when things don’t go their way. Pouting is a form of quitting, and strong men don’t quit when things don’t go as planned.
Fifth, weak men let their wife lead in the home. The reason Jezebel took the lead was because Ahab allowed her to lead. Strong men understand their place as the leader in the home. It may not always be easy to lead, but a strong man never withers at a strong woman’s presence. Strong men won’t cower in the presence of a domineering woman; rather, they take the lead no matter how uncomfortable the circumstances may become.
Sixth, weak men are silent in the presence of wrong. Ahab should have stood when he heard what they did to Naboth, but he chose to be silent for the sake of ease. Strong men don’t look for what the crowd will think; instead, wrong causes them to take a stand in spite of the consequences of standing alone. If you are a man reading this devotional, don’t be silent when you see compromise and wrong being championed. Take a stand! All it takes for wrong to be the lifestyle of the day is for the men to sit in silence.