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God Intervened

King Aram told his commanders not to fight with anyone except Ahab king of Israel but King Ahab had a plan to foil any possible injury. He decided he would wear a disguise in battle. To throw the people off of him, he told Jehoshaphat to still wear his royal robes. Off they went into battle.

When first reading this one would bet that King Ahab would get away with this deception and King Jehoshaphat would meet his doom. It has the perfect storyline for a television or movie action sequence with the antagonist plot and this somewhat innocent ally. But God intervenes. The commanders see that they were chasing the wrong man. Even more, someone randomly, yes randomly, hit the king of Israel, right between the breastplate and his scale armor. That is not an easy shot.

What does this say to us? The prophet Micaiah spoke out against Ahab, prophesying doom when asked if the kings should go to war against Ramoth Gilead. The Word of God stands always. There is no hiding from the Truth. God will see His work to completion.

“When the chariot commanders saw Jehoshaphat, they said, ‘There he is! The king of Israel!’ and took after him. Jehoshaphat yelled out, and the chariot commanders realized they had the wrong man—it wasn’t the king of Israel after all. God intervened and they let him go.”

-2 Chronicles 18:31-32 [MSG]

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Foolish Disguise

Every time I read today’s verse, I ask myself why Jehoshaphat would even go with Ahab into the battle with this request. Ahab decides to disguise himself so he would not be recognized. Yet he tells Jehoshaphat to wear the royal robes so everyone can tell that he is the king. Something happens though—things do not go as Ahab was hoping.

Ahab was hoping his disguise would save his life. If anything, Jehoshaphat would be targeted due to his attire. But Ahab couldn’t understand that God’s plans cannot be thwarted. You can hide. You can dress differently. You can do whatever you like to avoid something, but God sees you and His plan cannot be thwarted. Not only was Ahab hit, but Jehoshaphat was kept safe.

Remember that you cannot wear a disguise in front of God. He knows your inward parts. He knows every piece of your life. He knows everything about you—things you might not yet know. So don’t put on a foolish disguise. You’re not fooling Him.

“The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, ‘As we go into battle, I will disguise myself so no one will recognize me, but you wear your royal robes.’ So the king of Israel disguised himself, and they went into battle.” – 1 Kings 22:30

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