Read 2 Chronicles 17:1 through 21:20
Published: Jun 23, 2017
Many Christians form partnerships with unbelievers. If the unbeliever engages in questionable behavior, the Christian could lose finances and reputation simply by association.
The Bible says not to “be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14). Jehoshaphat should have followed that godly counsel.
Now Jehoshaphat had great wealth and honor, and he allied himself with Ahab by marriage (2 Chronicles 18:1).
King Jehoshaphat almost lost his life because of his foolish alliance with a wicked king. In 2 Chronicles 17:3, readers find these words, “The Lord was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the ways of his father David.” Yet, as other kings before him, he chose to stray from God’s ways, and he suffered the consequences.
We will also face consequences if we do not obey God’s command regarding unequal partnerships. Whether in business or marriage, let us seek to link only with those who follow the Lord.
Prayer Suggestion: Ask God to guide you in your relationships.
Quicklook: 2 Chronicles 18:1–3, 28–34
Prayer is our link with God, an awesome avenue through which we can express praise and adoration to Him for His goodness, love, and mercy; and an avenue through which we can voice our petitions and concerns. God's Word assures us that we can "come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).
Prayer also moves the hand of God on behalf of needs and circumstances in our church, our families, our community, nation, and world. Take time to pray and intercede for these areas as God leads you. Become part of a prayer group and intercede with others in times of corporate prayer. As you seek God's help, expect reports of great victory to follow as God answers prayer.
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