Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 18
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. (Proverbs 14:12)
Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. (Proverbs 26:12)
The wisdom of man and the wisdom of God do not always mix. There are times when we are faced with business decisions, parenting decisions, dating decisions, schools decisions etc. Many times there are a lot of voices that may weigh in on these decisions. Our parents have advice to give; our friends have advice to give and many studies and research offer advice. Often advice that we get from these sources is good and should be considered. However, following conventional wisdom without measuring it against the word of God can lead to destruction.
Jehoshaphat is a great example for us to look at when it comes to a good Godly man making a bad decision because of conventional wisdom. Our passage today tells us that Jehoshaphat makes an alliance with the King of Israel Ahab. Ahab was a very sinful King who did not love the Lord. Jehoshaphat was a very Godly King of Judah so why would he make an alliance with Ahab of all people. Well, Jehoshaphat was attempting to bring peace to all of Israel through this alliance. His decision had good intentions but it was not what God wanted.
Ahab was going to war against Ramoth-gilead and God was giving Ahab into their hands to be killed because of his sin. So because of Jehoshaphat’s decision to align with Ahab he found himself on the losing side of battle and almost lost his life because of it (v. 28-34). It makes me wonder how often we have found ourselves in trials and losing situations because we followed the wisdom of man and did not seek the wisdom of God. How do you make decisions? What counsel do you seek ? What parameters do you follow? Do you seek God’s will for your life?
How you answer these questions will reveal who is Lord of your life, you or God.
Posted by: Chad Wiles