Evil Alliances

In life, actions cause things to happen. If I step outside on a rainy day without an umbrella, I will get wet. If I do not follow the rules of the road when I drive, I will have an accident. If I make an alliance with a group, some people would be happy and celebrate while there would be others who disapprove.

The people of Gideon tricked Joshua and his camp to form a treaty with them. This made the Gibeonites happy, but the surrounding nations were angry. The  Gibeonites found a way to preserve their lives when the surrounding nations had Joshua and the children as enemies. Joshua 10:4-5 NLT tells us, “Come and help me destroy Gibeon,” he urged them, “for they have made peace with Joshua and the people of Israel.” So these five Amorite kings combined their armies for a united attack. They moved all their troops into place and attacked Gibeon.” These men made an evil alliance.

It’s good to work in collaboration but we need to be careful when we join forces with others. There are times that people disclose their motives. How do you decide when it’s inappropriate to join forces with another? In Proverbs 1, a father is giving advice to his son, he said; “My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them! They may say, “Come and join us. Let’s hide and kill someone!  Just for fun, let’s ambush the innocent!”  (Verses 10-11)You might wonder why this father seems so extreme; but children are approached to form wicked alliances in much the same way.

That warning is as relevant today as the day it was written. The father told his son, “My child, don’t go along with them! Stay far away from their paths.” (Verse  15) We need to be mindful because there are many people plotting evil who want to destroy you. When you are invited to do what is wrong, say no. Do not engage in evil alliances.

Thought for Today: Friend, stay away from evil alliances. Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory

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