I sometimes have trouble making friends. (I hear you covering your mouths in shock). Because I am very introverted, I do not become close with people automatically. A lot of this stems from realizing I made some poor friend choices in my life. I am much more selective than I used to be. So, to my 400+ friends in Facebook…congratulations!!!
Anyway, I was reading the bible and I realized that Jehoshephat had a similar problem. He was a contemporary of King Ahab, who by all accounts, was the most evil, spineless king Israel had ever had. It is possible to be evil AND spineless, and you don’t have to work hard at it.
In 1 Kings 22, Ahab wanted to go to war with another nation but, needed Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah’s help. This was something J (for short, I’m not spelling his name over and over) should have not gone and done. He should have especially realized that this was a bad idea because Ahab told him to dress in his royal apparel while he hung back in disguise. Now, I’m no genius, but I would call it off right there. In the end, J almost winds up getting killed, but Ahab’s plan backfires and kills him.
The lesson to be learned from this is who we make our friends with. We want to be accepted and liked, and sometimes we make poor choices based on those decisions. When we were kids, many of us wanted to be popular, liked, and protected so we made friends with that 8 year old down the block who purposely tried to run over your dog on his bike. Many of us adults may enter into business partnerships or other relationships that only drag us down and never lift us up.
In 2 Corinthians, Paul wrote the believers there saying, “Do not be mismatched with unbelievers. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness?”
Thankfully, I’ve managed to pick my friends carefully, especially my closest friend (I love you, Denise!) In the end, I must remember that my allegiance is ultimately to Christ, and in the end, anything that strives to come between me and Him should ultimately be cut off.