A Change in Destiny
Sometimes I find reading The Old Testament is like watching/reading the news, full of horrors. I hardly ever watch the news and don’t read The Old Testament every day, but today I did read some in Kings and what a story to read on the day Mothers’ Day is celebrated in the United States.
A king’s son was ill and the king sent his wife, the boy’s mother, to consult the prophet, man of God. She went in disguise so it would not be known that the king’s wife was visiting God’s prophet. The prophet knew who it was even though his physical eyes were blind. He told her, among other things, that when she stepped over the threshold of her home, the boy would die. Now about here, I am thinking, lady, don’t go home. Well, she went home and the boy died. Now the way this was told, it seemed more like it was the king’s fault for the way he was living.
While I was talking about this with my husband over dinner, I realized she didn’t believe. My husband said the prophet spoke according to the present situation which would have changed completely if the woman had changed and acted otherwise, especially someone in her position with political influence.
It was not an inevitable destiny, just as today, if we change, the direction in which the human race is headed will change. We should not accept our “misbehaviours” as part of human nature. We can refuse to consider hate, lying, war, exploitation, revenge, and so on, as being normal. We can instead practice love, peace-making, forgiveness, honesty and other qualities that constitute virtue. Virtue? When’s the last time you heard that word?