Be a person of conviction
And it came to pass after these things that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard which was in Jezreel, next to the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. So Ahab spoke to Naboth, saying, "Give me your vineyard that I may have it for a vegetable garden, because it is near, next to my house; and for it I will give you a vineyard better than it. Or, if it seems good to you, I will give you its worth in money." But Naboth said to Ahab, "The LORD forbid that I should give the inheritance of my fathers to you!" 1 Kings 21:1-3
King Ahab saw Naboth’s vineyard that it was perfect for his gardening. So he tried to enter into a transaction to acquire the property, but Naboth would not sell his vineyard. The story could have ended there, and it should have.
Ahab didn’t like the answer he got so then he did what a spoiled little kid would do. He went to his room and refused to eat and acted very sad and upset. He probably acted this way because he knew someone would so something to get him what he wanted. That someone happened to be his wife Jezebel. Sure enough, verse 15 tells us that she gave Ahab the news to take possession of the vineyard for Naboth is now dead.
Why did Naboth refuse to sell to the king? He could have done what Ahab asked and lived another day. We find the answer in Leviticus 25:23:
‘The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are strangers and sojourners with Me.
Naboth knew his scriptures. He remained firm in his obedience to the Lord. He had spiritual convictions, and he stood by them regardless of the cost. We need to know what we believe and stand boldly for these convictions at all times, even if it means death.
This is what Peter means by “virtue,” when he says in 2 Peter 1:5
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge
My challenge for you is that you know the bible by committing verses to memory and stand for the faith even in the face of persecution.
Your brother in Christ