Twice in our reading today God decides to show himself to Ahab and the northern kingdom of Israel. While the southern Kingdom Judah is not perfectly following God, Israel has completely obliterated their relationship with the Him. God is working to restore that relationship. He brings deliverance against the king of Aram not once but two different times. At the end of the second defeat Ahab spares Ben-Hadad’s life by making a treaty with him.
Ahab allowed God to bring him victory. He even recognized that it was God. But by signing the treaty he was not willing to go far enough. He would not go over the edge and finally turn back to worshipping God. How often do we do this? We accept parts of God’s work in our lives, but do not want his involvement in other areas. We think too often we can do this ourselves. Maybe it’s a pride issue. Maybe its not trusting God enough. Maybe it is part of the growing process for you. Whatever it is, continue learning to let him have full control.