1 Kings 21:4 So Ahab went home, sullen and angry because Naboth the Jezreelite had said, “I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers.” He lay on his bed sulking and refused to eat.
Big babies drive me crazy. I’m not talking about large infants – they are generally pretty cute and mostly harmless (aside from the occasional shoulder vomiting). When I say big babies, I am talking about adults who throw temper tantrums when they don’t get their way. Treating others like garbage, sulking, crying, yelling, and stomping feet are just some of the symptoms. Basically, they have the self-control of an infant.
Ahab was a big baby, too. He wanted some land from Naboth and was told no. So he went to his room, sulked, and refused to eat. Really? You have got to be kidding me. This was the KING. You are telling me the king had a 2-year old fit? It’s okay though, because his wonderful wife Jezebel had Naboth killed for him. What a great wife, that is, if they were auditioning for the Jerry Springer show.
What do you do when you don’t get your way? Maybe you withdraw and pout. Or maybe you make the people around you suffer, lashing out at the ones closest to you. Maybe you shake your fist at God. Listen… life is not about getting your way; it is about living for HIS ways. If we will choose to grow in the Lord and strive to be mature, we won’t resemble big baby Ahab. Ask the Lord for the self-control today to deal with the no’s of life. Take your disappointments to Him and let Him take care of the rest.