Beware, You, Too, May Fall!
The Apostle Paul reminds us to be diligent with every step we take.
It is interesting that times have not changed, for he was writing almost 2,000 years ago and about people who lived 2,000 years earlier.
Philosophies are insidious, like the iceberg that sank the Titanic. We hear just enough, and innocent at that, to lure our interest and compassion from remembering our experience with hot surface that appeared just warm. Too late, the skin of our protection is pierced and we capsize amidst our good intentions. So, heed Paul’s words!
Jehoshaphat needed to know Paul.
2 Chronicles 19.1-2 was the unwelcomed news that Jehoshaphat should have anticipated.
He had been listening to philosophies for some time, and God knew and was not happy. Do we, too, believe that we can get away with our ‘secret sins’? There are no secrets with God! What part of omniscient do we not understand?
‘Helping the wicked’ and ‘loving those who hate God’ is the worse condemnation that a person can hear! Are we guilty, too?
Jehoshaphat had helped a fellow king of Judah’s sister country with a conquest by force.
Read the story in 2 Chronicles 18; notice the deception and philosophy that caused it.
Remember, also, that force is one of satan’s five lures to gain control of our lives. The others are greed, ambition, selfishness, and sexual pleasure.
Verse 1 of Chapter 18 tells us that Jehoshaphat had ‘allied himself with Ahab’. Such alignments were usually sealed by marrying a daughter. (He should have chosen better advisors, too.) He would have done well to have read about his ancestor, Solomon’s troubles that began with such alignment.
Why did he align himself with wickedness, in light of 2 Chronicles 17.10? This was just another of the blessings of
God outlined in Verses 3-10.
How does verse 3 remind you of Joshua 1.7-8 and
How is 2 Chronicles 19.2 both a warning of movement toward and an explanation of
What would Paul have told him?
Would Jehoshaphat have listened?
- What does 2 Chronicles 20.12 indicate?
- Will you listen to Paul’s words?
- What will you do differently, so others will know?
Remember that the Bible gives God’s instructions for mankind and illustrations of people who failed by not following or who succeeded by keeping His word. See 2 Chronicles 16.9.