There was never a man like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD, urged on by Jezebel his wife. He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites the LORD drove out before Israel.
When Ahab heard these words, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and fasted. He lay in sackcloth and went around meekly.
Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite: “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.” 1 Kings 21:25-29
In verse 25, the Lord describes Ahab as an evil man, urged on by his wife Jezebel. A few verses later, Ahab had repented and humbled himself before God. Ahab had heard the world of God and, like Beh-Hadad, was fearful, but it was a healthy fear.
God saw the sincerity in Ahab and delayed the disaster that would all on him. Always remember that a changed life is evidence that God is still moving. God moved on Ahab back then, and He still moves today. Sometimes it’s as obvious a change as what happened to Ahab, but often it is not. Ahab, as King of Israel, was influential and important. When he snapped his fingers, a small army of men and women would cater to his needs.
Most often the change comes about in the life of a “nobody,” an unknown. But those unknowns can still change the world. Don’t pray that the influential and risk and famous come to Christ, but pray that men and women seeking after God will come to Christ. Never underestimate the power of God in the life of any of His believers.