This story kinda makes me laugh, because Ahab thinks he can trick, or ignore, the LORD.
First, he surrounds himself with people who tell him what he wants to hear, even if he knows it’s not true. This is unhelpful.
Second, he mistreats the person who does speak the truth. This is unproductive.
Third, he takes the unfavorable news and hatches a plan to evade it, as if the news had come from another place besides the throne room of the LORD. This is foolishness.
In the end, a stray arrow happens to find a small chink in his armor. What are the odds? Maybe a billion to one, but the LORD doesn’t need good odds. He’s gonna do what He’s gonna do. There’s no escaping that.
So who do we think we are do the same? When we surround ourselves with people who don’t challenge us? When we attack people trying to tell us the truth? When we think we can create our own back-up-plan/safety-nets to disobeying the LORD? It’s unhelpful, unproductive, foolish, and sometimes, yeah, fatal.
“But Jehoshaphat said, ‘Is there not yet a prophet of the LORD here that we may inquire of him?’” (18:6)
There’s a way to find the wisdom of the LORD. Are we looking for it?