Choosing Associations with Discernment

In 2 Kings 3, we find a compelling story about the choices we make in our relationships and associations. The King of Israel, facing a crisis, sought assistance. King Jehoshaphat of Judah, a righteous king, responded to the call for help, but he insisted on seeking the Lord’s guidance through a prophet. This insistence on consulting the divine before making a move reveals a profound lesson. King Jehoshaphat’s discernment in choosing his allies speaks volumes about the importance of surrounding ourselves with those who share our values and reverence for God.

Prophet Elisha’s response adds another layer to this lesson. He declares, “As the Lord of hosts lives, before whom I stand, were it not that I have regard for Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would neither look at you (king of Israel) nor see you” (2 Kings 3:14). Elisha’s words underscore the impact of righteous associations. Because of Jehoshaphat’s devotion to God, Elisha was willing to intervene. In our lives, the relationships we form significantly influence our journey. You should be intentional about aligning yourself with those who share your values and commitment to God.

Elisha’s regard for Jehoshaphat exemplifies the divine favour that can result from wise association. We are commanded to love everyone as Christians. We cannot and should not, however, believe that everyone is a friend. You should be cautious of the people you consider friends and ensure that you share common values. Let us remember the wisdom of seeking God’s guidance as we navigate the complexities of our relationships. May we prioritise associations that honour and respect the divine, as Jehoshaphat did, knowing that such choices can attract favour and intervention in our lives.

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