1 Kings 22:2-4 “And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel. And the king of Israel said unto his servants, Know ye that Ramoth in Gilead is ours, and we be still, and take it not out of the hand of the king of Syria? And he said unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt thou go with me to battle to Ramothgilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I am as thou art, my people as thy people, my horses as thy horses”
A new creation in Christ is no longer the old person he or she used to be. When God saves a man and gives him a heart that fears and loves him, it is way different from the defiant, adamant heart of the natural man. Jehoshaphat began to reign in Judah after Asa his father, and he set his heart to do all that was right in the eyes of the Lord. He removed everything that could compete the worship of the true God and taught Judah to obey the law of God. His love for God and his commitment to obeying him brought fear in all the kingdom of the land, that they feared to make war with him; leading to a peaceful reign in his regime. As his realm experienced this quietness and favors from God and man, he made peace with Israel, who has sold themselves to work all manner of evil in the eyes of God and worshiped Baal, which Ahab their king introduced.
While God has given us peace and rest round about, we must continue to make war against sin
While God has given us peace and rest round about, we must continue to make war against sin and it likes. Jehoshaphat joined affinity with Ahab king of Israel who sold himself to do evil in God’s sight. He agreed to go on a fruitless mission with him and almost lost his own life.
Sinful entanglement or engagement, a times, may come seeking access into our life in a peaceful and friendly manner, but when our spirit is in tune with God’s, we are able to quickly notice it and sharply resist it. It’s good to get angry at sin because the aim of it when it comes, is to kill. Because our regenerated spirit contradicts the unregenerate flesh, they war against each other.
“For the fleshlusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would” – Galatians 5:17
Jehoshaphat’s response to Ahab in 2 Kings 22:2-4, our text, was, unknown to him, a compromise. He exposed himself to danger when he made affinity with Israel’s king. He yoked Christ with Belial and a believer with an infidel (unbeliever) when he said, “I am as thou art, my people as thy people, my horses as thy horses”
When we make peace with sin or any sinful act, or when we allow ourselves to be indulged by old sinful habits, or give in to temptation, we are invariably trying to make Christ and the devil work together in harmony. But how possible would that be?
When we don’t know who we really are in Christ, then compromise becomes our second nature – we compromise every now and then effortlessly without noticing anything
Esau didn’t know who he was by being the first son. He never knew the privileges that follow the first son and the value of it. He sold his birth right (the right of the first child) to his younger brother Jacob for a morsel of meat. As a result he lost the blessing – his inheritance, even though he sought it carefully with tears
The act of compromise is dangerous because it can cost us our inheritance in Christ. It can make us lose our Salvation, our right, our blessing, our integrity, our virginity, our life and ultimately, heaven.
Compromise and unequal yoke work hand-in-hand because unequal yoke cannot exist without compromise. When we compromise, it means bending our principle, trying to fit our self with something unfit (bigger or smaller, higher or lower etc.), yoking our self to rhythm or relate with something or someone that cannot be related with.
The result or outcome of such act or relationship is always not successful. It is unproductive. It causes more work than is to be done. It scatters not arrange. It does not always meet the purpose to which it was supposed to; this is because – “the bad will nearly always super-impose itself over the good” says a man of God
But Christ has given us his wisdom embedded in the word of God, to not be “unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?“ 2 Corinthians 6:14, 15
If we must run the Christian race, we must not be yoked unequally with the unbeliever – the one who is not running. If we want to see God at last; we want to make it to heaven, we must not be unequally yoked together with those who, God is not in their mind, whose goal is not heaven. If we want to succeed in business as a business man or woman we must not be unequally yoked together with that business partner that believes in cheating others, defrauding others, deceiving etc. I pray that God will give us grace to stand in Jesus name.
We have a prestigious position in Christ and the corresponding grace and authority to live it out.
He has given us the power to live for him and him alone. In all our endeavours, career profession, ministry, dreams, etc. We can succeed without compromising our faith in God, or our stand for him, his truth, or our love for Him and His holiness. Instead, we compromise our will for His. Let His will alone be done in our life. This done, our overall success will is guaranteed.