Be Careful of Your Alliances

Then Eliezer son of Dodavahu from Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshapat. He said, ‘Because you have allied yourself with King Ahaziah, the Lord will destroy your work.’ So the ships met with disaster and never put out to sea.” (2 Chronicles 20:37)

‘Jehoshapat made an alliance with King Ahaziah, who was a very wicked man.’  

We see that the Lord was against what Jehoshapat did. How careful we need to be, to remain along the path of righteousness. To be led by the Spirit in our dealings with the world and everything it contains. Right now I would like to focus on our dealings, as Christians, with the people of this world. Please don’t misunderstand the context of these verses. They are not intended to go against the wonderful pray of Jesus our Lord in John (Chapter 17) or any of His teachings. We know that we live to shine God’s glory to the rest of the world. It would be impossible (except for the intervention of Christ) for those around us to hear of our Lord if we had no dealings at all with them.

Yet there is a serious boundary we should not cross. The scriptures guide us through the Spirit, to know the limits. A good example of this is our dealings with the business world and finance, but these are not the only areas of our lives that they apply to. To begin, the Lord commands us to stay away from evil. This includes people who are wicked. Did the Lord not say that you must ‘be holy because I am holy’. Even those who were ‘unclean’ in the Old Testament could not enter the Temple without going through a cleansing ceremony.

This illustrates that the evil around us can taint us and lead us away from being Holy. In the words of Paul, ‘But you belong to God; so run from all these evil things, and follow what is good and right. Pursue a godly life…’ And later, ‘ follow anything that makes you want to do right.’ So this command is for our benefit and keeps our focus on the Spirit and His leading.

Let us go a bit deeper. A few chapters later we see two main issues with aligning ourselves with the those that are wicked:

In 2 Chronicles 25:7-8, ‘But a man of God came to the king and said, O king, do not hire troops
from Israel, for the Lord is not with Israel…. If you let them go with your troops into battle, you will
be defeated no matter how well you fight. God will overthrow you, for he has the power to help or
to frustrate.’ 

Those that align themselves with the wicked will not prosper or bear fruit. Even the psalmist states, ‘the Lord frustrates the plans of the wicked.’ Getting into the wrong dealings with the people of this world could lead to your destruction, at the very least to closed doors that cannot be open.

Why follow a path that leads to the Lord ‘overthrowing you’? Stay away from dealings with those that are evil.
In 2 Chronicles 25:9, The man of God replied, ‘The Lord is able to give you much more than this.’

I believe that this is the core issue with aligning ourselves with ‘very wicked men’. Our trust becomes aligned to this rather than God. The mere fact that we went out and dealt with someone totally against God, states our trust is no longer wholly in God. I suppose this is a great guide for us, Has our decision lead us to trust the Lord? ‘The Lord is able!’ to give you all your needs, to give you shelter, to help your business run well, to guide you on the right path…. and to ‘give you much more than this.’
I don’t begin to claim this is a simple matter, as we live in this world. But we do have the Spirit to
guide us through the dangers of the wicked. I plead with you to seek His guidance as we live and
pursue a god life.

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