First, let’s ask the LORD what to do.
Jehoshaphat was now very rich and famous. He signed a treaty with King Ahab of Israel by arranging the marriage of his son and Ahab’s daughter. One day, Jehoshaphat went to visit Ahab in his capital city of Samaria. Ahab slaughtered sheep and cattle and prepared a big feast to honor Jehoshaphat and the officials with him. Ahab talked about attacking the city of Ramoth in Gilead and finally asked, “Jehoshaphat, would you go with me to attack Ramoth?” “Yes,” Jehoshaphat answered. “My army is at your command. But first, let’s ask the LORD what to do.”
2 Chronicles 18:1-4 (CEV)
When close friends ask you to join them in ventures, what do you do?
It may not be a business venture.
It could even be spiritual projects.
What is usually your response to suggestions from trusted and respected friends?
Jehoshaphat had everything going well for him at this time.
Joining an inlaw in the battle against the enemy?
Seems the right thing to do.
He was flattered by the honor and reception they gave him.
Do you succumb to flattery and ego massage?
However, he knew God up to the level of asking for directions.
You may ask why a good person is associating with a bad one?
Sometimes we are attracted to the opposite character in us.
Even though the counsel of the Lord was given :
Jehoshaphat still went to war alongside Ahab.
Do you also do things under the pressure of friendship?
Are there some people in your life you can not say NO to?
It was apparent to Jehoshaphat that this venture was hazardous.
He still went.
You don’t need to expend the Grace of God as he did.
He escaped death by whiskers.
What relationship are you in today that makes you compromise?
The Holy Spirit is available for you to ask for directions.
First, ask God what to do.
Receive Grace too to carry out what HE tells you.
“But first, find out what the Lord’s word is in this matter.”