“Now a certain man drew his bow at random and struck the king of Israel in a joint of the armor. So he said to the driver of his chariot, ‘Turn around and take me out of the fight; for I am severely wounded.’”(1 Kings 22:34,)
This is one of my favorite verses describing the sovereignty of God Almighty. King Ahab, the worst of the worst, had gone into battle disguised, knowing that he was the target of the enemy. The opposing army originally went after the King of Judah, but when they realized he was not Ahab, they turned, having only one goal: the death of Ahab.
Then it appears from a human point of view that a fellow at random just decided to shoot his bow, and it just randomly struck the weak spot of the armor, killing its victim. I believe that if we could read this from God’s point of view, the verse would say something like, “Now God appointed a certain man to draw his bow. This man, not knowing he was being used as an instrument of God, was divinely able to aim the bow and release the arrow at the precise time to enable it to enter between the joints of the armor of the disguised King, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord.”
God had previously predicted that Ahab would die, and that the dogs would lick his blood. As the chariot comes home to Samaria at the close of the day, we are told that his servants “washed his chariot by the pool of Samaria, and the dogs licked his blood” (1 Kings 22:38).
The moral of the story: God’s Word will not return void!
In His Grace,
Dr. Randy White
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