2 Chronicles 20:37
But Dodavahu’s son Eliezer from Mareshah prophesied in opposition to Jehoshaphat, “Because you have entered into an alliance with Ahaziah, the LORD has destroyed your efforts.” So the ships were destroyed and were never able to sail for Tarshish.
Jehoshaphat started his walk towards his demise when he started his partnership with the evil king Ahaziah. He did not learn his lesson from his former partnership with Ahab (2 Chronicles 18:28-34) or his father’s partnership with Aram (2 Chronicles 16:2-9). The partnerships were unstable to begin with because because they were never on the same page of music so to speak. One partner served the Lord and the other a pagan god. We invite bad things when we enter a partnership or relationship with someone that is not a believer, because our very foundation of our beliefs are so different. While one partner worships the Lord, the other does not and will not respect nor submit to God’s authority. This can cause a lot of issues further down the line spiritually. Spiritual issues can be caused because your partner will constantly be tempting you to compromise your morals for a profit or anther temporary goal.
These issues can happen in any partnership or relationship. So before you join in a partnership or relationship ask yourselves these simple questions and really think about them.
1: What are your true motives?
2: Are you trying to avoid problems from entering the partnership or relationship?
3: Is joining this relationship the best solution for a possible problem you are having?
4: Are your partner and you walking towards the same goal?
5: Have you prayed over the situation and asked God for guidance?
6: Have you searched God’s word to ensure what you are doing is in line with His will?
By asking yourself these simple questions will allow you to take a step back and take a deep breath. It also allows you to weigh the options if any before entering a new partnership. This same advice can be used in relationships too. I pray this message reaches the intended person that needs to hear it today and I leave you with a small bit of scripture to meditate on. Have a blessed day y’all.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18
Stop becoming unevenly yoked with unbelievers. What partnership can righteousness have with lawlessness? What fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony exists between the Messiah and Beliar, or what do a believer and an unbeliever have in common? 16 What agreement can a temple of God make with idols? For we are the temple of the living God, just as God said: “I will live and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” 17 Therefore, “Get away from them and separate yourselves from them,” declares the Lord, “and don’t touch anything unclean. Then I will welcome you. 18 I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters,” declares the Lord Almighty.