Choose Your Alliances Carefully
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.
2 Corinthians 6:14
But not all alliances are mutually beneficial. In 2 Chronicles, we read that Ahab, the wicked king of Israel, formed an alliance with Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, when they joined armies against Syria. Why did Jehoshaphat establish this foolish bond with Ahab?
No reasons are given, but we know why Ahab encouraged Jehoshaphat to put on his kingly robes while Ahab disguised himself for the battle. He knew the Syrians would try to kill the king. The opposing army surrounded Jehoshaphat. He cried to the Lord for help and God diverted the troops. Despite Ahab’s treacherous scheme to save his own skin, he was killed by a stray arrow.
Although Jehoshaphat escaped, Jehu the prophet confronted him, saying: "Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord?" (2 Chronicles 19:2).
Helping people in need is godly. But making unwise alliances with those who hate God may prove disastrous.
Be sure to choose your alliances carefully. —Albert Lee
It is good to join hands with the righteous,
Helping others you meet on your path;
But to make an alliance with evil
Will incur God’s displeasure and wrath. —Hess
Right and wrong can never be partners.