2 Kings 22:34 – “Randomly” Specific

Now a certain man drew a bow at random, and struck the king of Israel between the joints of his armor. So he said to the driver of his chariot, “Turn around and take me out of the battle, for I am wounded.” I Kings 22:34 NKJV

This is the battle where King Ahab was killed. He disguised himself, hoping that he would not be spotted and therefore become an obvious target for his enemies. However, a “random” arrow hit him between the joints of his armour. The force of the projection, the trajectory and the wind conditions were so specific that this “random” arrow struck him precisely between the joints of his armour.

Does anything ever happen randomly in this world? No. Prov 16:33 tells us “The lot is cast into the lap but it’s every outcome is from the LORD”. The bounce of the dice, it’s landing angle, the spin & everything related to it, have all been determined by God’s eternal decrees. Things appear to be random because they were not our design or intention. But these are all part of the mysterious pre-destined will of God.

The doctrine of predestination often divides believers. But it is in the scriptures. Hence we cannot ignore it. It needs to be spiritual food for us. God is God and must have divine rights. Otherwise, He is not God. But He exercises His rule over this world in uprightness and absolute justice. So we must approach this subject with humility that our human minds will never understand how He would work all things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

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