God's Will Will Be Done
Sovereign Lord, I give You thanks for the grace I do not deserve and for Your mercies, which are new every morning.
Read 1 KINGS 22:1-53
rth year of Ahab king of Israel. 
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John Calvin wrote on this passage, “This confidence gives us gratitude of mind, patience in adversity and incredible freedom from worry about the future.” This assurance can steady our heart.
Verse 5 is marked by the Massoretes (a group of Jewish grammarian scholars who worked on the Hebrew text) as the exact mid-point of the 47 chapters of Kings. To ensure the accuracy of their transcription, they counted the number of verses and cross-checked the total at the end of a book. The story of Kings might have been very different if every king had followed Jehoshaphat’s counsel in this verse! There are two puzzles in this chapter: Ahab loses his name–there are 29 references to “the king” but the name “Ahab” only comes twice; and Elijah is nowhere to be seen. Clearly he is not the only prophet left (19:10) and it is striking that, in spite of the victory on Carmel, Ahab still has 400 “prophets” left!
We see the deceptions of these 400 and the courage of Micaiah (Jehoshaphat saw through the lies of the 400, requesting a prophet “of the Lord,” 7), and we come to Ahab’s final deception: to avoid getting killed, he disguises himself; he doesn’t consider the risks to Jehoshaphat! The random arrow found its target, however, and the gruesome prophecy of 1 Kings 21:19 is fulfilled. Jehoshaphat was a good king (43), although his maritime projects failed; and Ahaziah followed his father. The story continues in 2 Kings.
The sheep of Israel are shepherdless (17). There is no sign of the “lamp” of 1 Kings 11:36 and 15:4 and 2 Kings 8:19. The skies have clouded over since the halcyon days of David: will things ever get better? I ponder my own situation, my church, my society. Through lies, boot-licking, covenant-breaking, perversions of justice, stupidity and cruelty, these chapters have taught us that God holds the key; he rules over everything; he will have the last word.
“I must never, at any moment, presume to say there is no way out for God because I cannot see any” (Søren Kierkegaard, 1813-1855). How have you experienced this truth in your life?
Lord, it is a confidence booster to know You will always have the last word. When I do not understand, I will always endeavor to trust You.
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