“Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron?” (1:3). King Azahiah of Israel, following his ancestors, called on the idol Baal to help him in his sickness. Azahiah knew the stories of the prophet Elijah, who performed miracles, defeated Baal’s priests, and proclaimed both drought and rain in the name of the One God of Israel. Yet Azahiah still refused to call on God. In his moment of need, his heart’s loyalty was revealed.
“But truly God has listened” (Ps 66:19). God is merciful and powerful, and when we reject false security and competing desires – our idols – and call on His name, He listens.