“Who’s Your Advisor?”
2 Chronicles chapter 20 is one of the greatest chapters in the Bible with one of the greatest verses. Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, has been told he could lead his army into war against several larger enemy armies because, “…the battle is not yours, but God’s” (v 15). All through the Bible we can find encouraging words such as, “Don’t be afraid – don’t worry about tomorrow – I will hold you with my mighty right hand – I the Lord am with you – even though you may walk through the valley of death I will be with you – let not your heart be troubled and don’t be afraid.” Over and over again, if we look, we’ll find strength and hope from God’s Word when facing a personal battle.
What I’d like for you to see, before chapter 20 as mentioned above though, is a verse found in chapter 18. Israel had a wicked King named Ahab. Jehoshaphat’s son married Ahab’s daughter. On a visit, Ahab asked Judah’s king if he and his army would align with Israel and fight the Arameans. Jehoshaphat agrees to the request, but adds, “First seek the counsel of the Lord” (18:4). Ahab wasn’t happy with this, but agreed to do so. Ahab then had 400 men come before him and asked them if he should go to war. These 400 prophets were “Yes” men to Ahab. We must learn something from this. Sometimes we want something so badly that we justify the means by seeking advice from friends that will go along with our desires whether it’s right or wrong (good or bad). This didn’t satisfy Jehoshaphat however. He asked again, “Is there NOT a prophet of the Lord here whom we can inquire of?” (v 6).
In making major decisions, whom do you go to for advice? Who is your spiritual advisor? Hopefully you seek guidance from God’s Word and spend time praying over the decision that needs to be made. It’s not only wise, but recommended to seek advice from a relative or friend(s) you can trust. These are individuals, preferably Christians and not afraid to explain why you should go forward or back away. Ultimately, the decision falls back into your hands, but learning the facts, the pro’s and con’s, saturated with prayer will help in making a wise decision. If you truly want God’s leading in a matter, you must also be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. One final thing – do your best to weigh the consequences of the decision you are about to make. Godly counsel did come to Ahab. It was, “ you can take your men to war, but you will die” (Chapter 18). Ahab was informed what would happen, but went to war anyway. Even though he set the King of Judah up to be the one killed, Ahab was hit and died by a stray arrow. The point? Once you feel satisfied with the Godly counsel, you must still weigh the consequences carefully before making your decision. I hope this is helpful to someone.