After this Jehoshaphat king of Judah allied himself with Ahaziah king of Israel. He acted wickedly in so doing. So he allied himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish, and they made the ships in Ezion-geber. Then Eliezer the son of Dodavahu of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat saying, “Because you have allied yourself with Ahaziah, the Lord has destroyed your works.” So the ships were broken and could not go to Tarshish (2 Chronicles 20:35-37).
Who have you aligned yourself with? Jehoshaphat, a mighty man of God, later in his life decided to align himself with an evil king. He acted outside of God’s Will. Jehoshaphat put his faith in man, in the might of his ships, instead of an awesome God.
1. Is Your Alignment Destroying You?
Jehoshaphat was a man that sought after God before entering into a battle. This is a principle that we should take into our everyday lives. We must seek after God to see what course of action we should take. However, even after his great victories and time of celebration because he won the battle, Jehoshaphat had a lapse where he did not seek after the Lord. How many of us have this same struggle? We are doing so great honoring God and then we make a decision that God does not approve of and we know deep down we should not have done that. His decision cause God to disapprove of his action. We must stay in God’s will, under His umbrella. That is where we find joy and peace.
2. Don’t Wait for Destruction to Do What God is Telling You to Do.
What relationship or friendship are you in that God is telling you to end, that you know is not good? Do you really know that person? Ahaziah was a man that did not honor God. 2 Chronicles 22:2-4 gives great overview of the type of man Ahaziah was. It says that “Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Athaliah, the granddaughter of Omri. He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother was his counselor to do wickedly. He did evil in the sight of the Lord like the house of Ahab, for they were his counselors after the death of his father, to his destruction.”
The Bible says that we should not be unequally yoked, and that goes for all relationships. It’s not just the relationship between a man and a woman. It is true with business partners as well. If you do not have the same beliefs, love the same God, it is hard for you to honor God and be a good partner.
Are you honoring God?
Jehoshaphat came to his senses once his ships were destroyed. Let’s not wait for our ships to be destroyed, or to lose out on money, or to find out that we are fighting against God Himself. Don’t wait before you honor God.
3. Let God be Your Source.
Are you relying on others to provide you with safety, with finances, with abundance, when God wants you to Trust Him? What type of person have you partnered with? Do they Love and Honor God? Check every relationship and ask yourself that question. God is a loving God and even if you turn your back against Him and have sought after another source, He is always there welcoming you back with arms wide open. Trust God!