A Useless Endeavor (II Kings 22; II Chronicles 18)

 29 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “I will disguise myself and go into battle, but you wear your robes.” And the king of Israel disguised himself, and they went into battle. II Chronicles 18:29

As a Christ-follower I realize what a useless endeavor it is to attempt to hide oneself from God. In our focal test Ahab (the king of Israel) had been told by Elijah (I Kings 21) that judgment was coming from God. According to I Kings 21:25-29, the king repented and God delayed His judgment, but it still was coming.

A I read through the narrative of how Ahab died I was drawn to the truth of who God is and how we are to approach God. The writer of Hebrews proclaims: “there is no creature hidden from God,” (Hebrews 4:13). The writer makes it clear that “all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we will give account.” The Bible reveals to us in Proverbs 25:6 that even death and Hell cannot hide us from God.

How useless it was Ahab to disguise himself in battle. God’s eyes and hands are everywhere! Two things to see:

  1. Look at the king trying to escape the judgement of God. The prophet had said, “you will die,” and die he did.
  2. Look at the king trying to extend his life. What a terrible picture we see of Ahab being propped up in his chariot as the blood slowly dripped from his body. He died as the Lord had said.

What can we take from what we have read?

God is all-knowing and everywhere present. Do not hide from Him. Instead humble yourself before Him (Heb. 4:12-13).

God is sovereign-He rules the universe. Instead of living your own way, surrender to His way so that when you meet Him face to face, it will be a joyous moment in eternity, (Rom. 5:1; 8:1).

God is merciful and kind-so do not give up when you mess up. Go to Him and He will receive you and walk with you along the journey, Acts 3:19-20.

2 questions:

  1. What useless things are you attempting today?
  2. How can Ahab’s story benefit your life?

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