1 Kings 22, 2 Chronicles 18: You Can’t Hide From the One Who Sees All Things

At the end of his reign, Ahab, king of Israel, goes up to fight alongside Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, against Syria, and though God promises a victory for them, he also promises that Ahab will be killed in battle.

In order to do this, Ahab devises a plan. Here it is in 1 Kings 22:29-30:

So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth-gilead. 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 went into battle.

Ahab was hoping that the king of Judah would be killed instead of him, but as he was hiding among the soldiers, Ahab was found… by an arrow:

But a certain man drew his bow at random and struck the king of Israel between the scale armor and the breastplate.

He died soon after. This is a reminder of how childish it is to hide from the Lord. He sees all things. And what’s more, if we love Him and treasure Him and serve Him faithfully, we should not hide from Him at all. He is for those who come to Him through Christ. He is our loving and gracious Father and His desire is for our good. Let us come to Him with openness and love. We will never be let down.

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