1 Kings 20

Ahab could have thought he was “The Man” as Israel were given two huge victories over the Syrians. Camped before the multitude of the Syrian Army, Israel’s camps were like “two little flocks of goats,” yet they struck down “10,000 foot soldiers in one day.” (1 Kings 20 v 27, 29 ESV).

The rejoicing in Israel would have been huge both times. Ahab would have been seen as a hero, yet it was obvious that Israel should not have won their battles. The victories they were given were from the LORD. They were not victories given to Israel because they deserved them, they were victories given to teach valuable lessons.

The first victory was to teach Ahab where he should put his faith. A prophet told him, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Have you seen all this great multitude? Behold, I will give it into your hand this day, and you shall know that I am the LORD.” (v 13). The second victory was to teach the Syrians that God is supreme everywhere – not just in the mountains or the plains. (v 28).

What about the victories in our lives? What are they teaching us? Let’s make sure we see God in them and give glory to him.

May our eyes be open to the work of God in our lives.

With love in our Lord,