“By the mercy of God”

And it came about when Ahab heard these words, that he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and fasted, and he lay in sackcloth and went about despondently. Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, “Do you see how Ahab has humbled himself before Me? Because he has humbled himself before Me, I will not bring the evil in his days, but I will bring the evil upon his house in his son’s days.” 1 Kings 21:27-29

Ron Ritchie, in a series of messages called, “Elijah: God’s Instrument of Grace”

mercyFinally King Ahab came to his spiritual senses and realized that he had been confronted with the one and only living God, who was not only a God of justice but a God of compassion and mercy. In spite of Jezebel and her Baals, he fell before the living God of Israel in sackcloth and ashes, fasted in humility, and went about despondently, literally “in a soft [meek] spirit” (slowly, like one in deep trouble before God). Then God saw the heart of Ahab, and I can just imagine how excited God was. “Elijah!” he said. “Look what has happened! Ahab has humbled himself before me! Now I am going to withhold the evil I have prophesied for Ahab until the days of his sons [who worshiped the Baals].” Amazingly, Ahab asked God to forgive him—and God did. Based on this passage I believe we will see Ahab in heaven. And if we should ask him how in the world he got there, he will tell us, “The same way you did, by the mercy of God!”