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CAC Living Water Daily Devotional Guide

THE LIVING WATER
DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE

Tuesday, February 1, 2022.

TOPIC: WATCH YOUR ALLIES

Read 2 Chronicles 20:31-37

31 So Jehoshaphat was king over Judah. He was thirty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.
32 And he walked in the way of his father Asa, and did not turn aside from it, doing what was right in the sight of the LORD.
33 Nevertheless the high places were not taken away, for as yet the people had not directed their hearts to the God of their fathers.
34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, indeed they are written in the book of Jehu the son of Hanani, which is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel. 35 After this Jehoshaphat king of Judah allied himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who acted very wickedly.
36 And he allied himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish, and they made the ships in Ezion Geber.
37 But Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, “Because you have allied yourself with Ahaziah, the LORD has destroyed your works.” Then the ships were wrecked, so that they were not able to go to Tarshish.

MEMORISE:
But Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, “Because you have allied yourself with Ahaziah, the LORD has destroyed your works.” Then the ships were wrecked, so that they were not able to go to Tarshish (2 Chronicles 20:37)

EXPOSITION
‘He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed’ (Prov. 13:20). God is so much concerned with the type of people His children associate with, because evil company destroys good character (1 Cor. 15:33). Many people are in police custody today, not because they are bad, but because of the kinds of people they mingle with. Who is your friend? You should be selective in the friends you keep. King Jehoshaphat, though righteous on the throne, failed in picking his friends. As a child of God, you must be careful in choosing whom you relate with. Not everybody in church can be your prayer partner. It is suicidal to share your problem with everyone who comes your way, just like that.
The alliance between Jehoshaphat and Ahab nearly led to the former being killed in the war, but for God’s mercy that saved him, probably because he was good (2 Chro. 18:1; 19:3). As if that was not enough, he made the same mistake again, entering into business venture with the godless King Ahaziah. That drew God’s ire on the alliance, destroying their works. It is stupidity to be falling into the same mistake repeatedly.
As a child of God, never you choose friends from among the godless. Can light and darkness be friends? No, of course (2 Cor. 6:14-18). It is risky to enter into any alliance, business, spiritual, etc., with an unbeliever. It is most likely to hit some rocks, given the fact of your religious and spiritual incompatibility, except the believer is willing to compromise. In your dealings, make sure the one you plan dealing with is truly a child of God, not just a church attendee. And in marriage, nothing (NOTHING!) should make you enter into any marriage alliance with an unbeliever. Those who do that regret in the end, whether or not they are trying hard to hide it from the world.

PRAYER POINTS

  1. Lord, I refuse to befriend Your enemies; help me, in Jesus’ name.
  2. Lord, deliver me from the tendency to love what You hate.
  3. Pray for CAC Akinyele Region, our father in the Lord, the Superintendent, and its officers at the various levels, as led by the Spirit of God.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Exodus 39 – 40

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