This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Daniel Grant.
Jehoshaphat was a man whom God blessed. 2 Chron 17:3 “Now the Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the former ways of his father David; he did not seek the Baals, 4 but sought the God of his father, and walked in His commandments and not according to the acts of Israel.” Jehoshaphat walked in the ways of the Lord and was so very blessed. God chose to bless him, and Jehoshaphat chose to walk in the LORD’s ways. This is what we NEED to do!
As things start to go well and his army grows – his wealth and fame expands. Yet he chooses to tie himself by marriage to Ahab’s family. Ahab was the exact opposite of Jehoshaphat. Ahab walked in the ways of the world: the most extreme forms of idolatry and murderous sin.
So why on Earth would godly Jehoshaphat marry into the family of Ahab? Why would he follow Ahab into war? The Scriptures do not tell us why – but they tell us that the war ends Ahab’s life. The Biblical warning here is to be careful whom you let have steering-influence in your life. Be led by the Spirit, let that steering influence ALWAYS be primarily God himself. Then surround yourself with humble and godly men and women. Keep close to the fellowship!
Sending HUGE hugs,