2 Chronicles 18: 1, ‘Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab’.
At times as Christians, we fall into the error of keeping the wrong company. People who shouldn’t even see our shadows are given a seat at the table of our lives. This ought not to be. Even the Bible says, ‘evil communication corrupts good manners’.
This really is a light and darkness thing. What does light have to do with darkness? Absolutely nothing. As children of God, we are lights, so we shouldn’t allow unholy associations dim this light.
Ahab and Jehoshaphat were unlikely friends. Like a pastor being the friend of a native doctor for lack of a better example.
Ahab had a request for Jehoshaphat. Please follow me to war, of course why not. After all, what are friends for. Friends are not to follow you to war in the first place. They can ginger you, they can pray for you, but they don’t follow you to the war. They give you weapons and men, but they don’t follow you to war. So this was even the 2nd error. The 1st being the unholy association between Ahab and Jehoshaphat.
Then somehow somehow, Jehoshaphat realizes that he should inquire from God, I mean they were talking about war. Micaiah comes and prophesies doom. But what does our darling King Jehoshaphat do? He goes to war with his friend Ahab.
Ahab goes disguised while he tells Jehoshaphat to wear his own royal robes. This is the 3rd error. Didn’t Jehoshaphat have alarm bells in his head? Cos I know I do¡
As grace would have it, Jehoshaphat’s righteous account was very full. In 2 Chronicles 19: 2 – 3, Jehu comes to categorically tell Jehoshaphat that its only because of the good things he had done and because he had prepared his heart to seek the Lord that he was still alive. He called on God and God came to the rescue.
This just goes to say that as we have received the nature of righteousness from Christ, whenever we find ourselves in error, we shouldn’t find it difficult to call on God to help us. The Lord’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save (Isaiah 59:1)