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The Last Word
By Karen L. Mechtly

I King 22:34-35
But someone drew his bow at random and hit the king of Israel between the sections of his armor. The king told his chariot driver, "Wheel around and get me out of the fighting. I've been wounded." All day long the battle raged, and the king was propped up in his chariot facing the Arameans. The blood from his wound ran onto the floor of the chariot, and that evening he died.

King Ahab was in a quandary. He wanted to go to war with the Arameans, but he had been told by a prophet of God that he would die in the battle. Thinking that he could fool the enemy and escape unharmed, Ahab entered the battle disguised as a common soldier. But Ahab did not fool God. How ironic that the scripture says a soldier drew his bow at random and hit the king between his armor, causing his death. Obviously King Ahab did not believe what Job had declared to God so long ago: "I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted." (Job 42:2)

God always has the last word. We may think we can outsmart God and get around His decrees, but we cannot. Our clever schemes are always going to fall short of changing God's plans. King Ahab ultimately found out this truth. Jonah found it out when he tried to run away from God instead of fulfilling his mission. And we will also discover this truth if we try to circumvent God's plans for us.

Lord, Help me to realize that You are in control. Help me to give You the last word.


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