So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah went up
to Ramoth Gilead. The king of Israel
said to Jehoshaphat, “I will enter the battle in disguise, but you wear your
royal robes.” So the king of Israel disguised himself and went into battle.
Now the king of Aram had ordered his chariot commanders,
“Do not fight with anyone, small or great, except the king of Israel.” 2Chronicles 18
The above situation reminds me of a line from a movie I saw some time ago, I’ve
forgotten the tittle and I barely remember the plot; one character said
something like; keep your distance from me, there are people shooting at you,
they might miss you and hit me instead.
Majority of us will probably never gallop into a battlefield, ready to bring
down the adversary and if need be die the soldier’s death, sword in hand face
to the enemy. As a matter of fact unless you’re like my two friends Amelia and
Swaley who between them have 5 horses, most of us will probably never even mount
a horse but we all fight nevertheless.
Sometimes in an attempt to help a friend, you may have been a guarantor for
a loan or a surety of some sort. Helping a friend is a noble thing but you must
never compromise your own strong position in the process.
Ancient wisdom says “…if you have put up security for your neighbour, if you have shaken hands in
pledge for a stranger, you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words
of your mouth. So do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbour’s hands: Go—to the point
of exhaustion— and
give your neighbour no rest! Allow no sleep to your eyes,
no slumber to your eyelids. Free yourself, like a gazelle from
the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler”. Proverbs 6:1-5
I see you receive the wisdom not only to get yourself out
of every compromising situation but also to live your life away from such circumstances
in Jesus’ name.