Apostle Grace Lubega
1 Kings 13:11-18 (KJV); Now there dwelt an old prophet in Bethel; and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel: the words which he had spoken unto the king, them they told also to their father… And went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak: and he said unto him, Art thou the man of God that camest from Judah? And he said, I am. Then he said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread. And he said, I may not return with thee, nor go in with thee: neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this place: For it was said to me by the word of the Lord, Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that thou camest. He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the Lord, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him.
Our theme scripture paints for us the grim consequences of wrong associations.
It is the tragic story of a young prophet who became the victim of the whims of an older prophet he had just met. The Bible reveals that the young prophet had received explicit instructions from God, which instructions he disregarded when he was convinced by the older prophet that he too had heard a contrary instruction from God.
What was the result?
In verse 24, the Bible says, “a lion met him by the way, and slew him: and his carcase was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it, the lion also stood by the carcase.”
One association can wreck your future and abort your destiny. One wrong friend can twist your world in a direction that might take you years to recover from.
There are friendships people cling to, yet all things considered, these friendships are sinking them. Loyalty to certain relationships can frustrate the call of God upon your life. You must have the boldness to recognise that your relationship with God and His purpose for your life is more important than any relationship you may ever have.
Examine your life and ask yourself, whether the people around you are building you or tearing you down. Are they on the same path of divine purpose or are they bent on diverting you from your course?
Do not be afraid to de-associate. Make the choice to break away from that which does not profit you.
FURTHER STUDY: Proverbs 13:20, Matthew 24:4.
GOLDEN NUGGET: Loyalty to certain relationships can frustrate the call of God upon your life. You must have the boldness to recognise that your relationship with God and His purpose for your life is more important than any relationship you may ever have.
PRAYER: Father, I thank You for this truth. I know that I am called by You. I understand the mandate upon my life. Nothing in this world can take the place of divine assignment. I am alive to my heavenly responsibility and can never let anything stand in my way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.