But Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat saying, “Because you have allied yourself with Ahaziah, the Lord has destroyed your works.” Then the ships were wrecked, so that they were not able to go to Tarshish. 2 Chronicles 20:37
King Jehoshaphat was a righteous king who walked according to the commandments of the Lord yet he aligned himself with the wicked king Ahaziah, who worshipped Baal. The two kings were starting a business venture together, which displeased the Lord. The bible gives us many warnings about who we align ourselves with. Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? 2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. Too many believers ignore these warnings.
Believers going into business with nonbelievers, dating or marrying nonbelievers, and having nonbelievers as best friends. Some might ask, what is the big deal? The bible is clear, 1 Cor 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” Anytime we are yoked to an unbeliever, the believer is dragged down to the level of the unbeliever. I went into business with my nonbelieving family years ago. Instead of being the godly influence, I found that I had to compromise to the direction they wanted, all in the name of profit. I was the unbeliever in a dating relationship that corrupted the believer. And the best friend to the same person.
The Lord intervened in Jehoshaphat’s alliance, I believe out of mercy for him because his heart took delight in the ways of the Lord. Let us examine our relationships to see if we are in fellowship with likeminded believers. As the apostle Paul wrote in 1 Cor 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Your brother in Christ,