The doom pronounced on Ahab was most terrible, and the threat of it evidently had a great effect upon the vacillating king. He had no grace, and did not therefore savingly repent; but even his natural fear had something in it which the Lord approved, and therefore the doom was postponed a little. What power there is in humility and repentance! God grant us grace to approach him by Jesus Christ in a still more acceptable manner, adding faith to our trembling, and we may be quite sure that he who respited Ahab will altogether save us.
And lo! he vanish’d from the ground,
Destroyed by hands unseen;
Nor root, nor branch, nor leaf was found
Where all that pride had been.
But mark the man of righteousness,
His sev’ral steps attend;
True pleasure runs through all his ways,
And peaceful is his end.