2 Chronicles 18:1
“Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab.”
What should have been such a promising future for Jehoshaphat became a troubled reign because of one action. The one action that haunted Jehoshaphat was that he “joined affinity with Ahab.” The word “affinity” means he had a liking for or an attraction towards. In other words, Jehoshaphat had a liking for Ahab. Ahab was one of the most wicked kings that Israel ever had, and yet Jehoshaphat had an affinity towards him. Jehoshaphat was a man that in the early years of his reign “sought to the LORD God of his father.” Jehoshaphat was a man who walked in the commandments of God, and didn’t walk “after the doings of Israel.” It was those early actions that led to the LORD establishing his kingdom.
However, the decision to have an affinity or a liking for Ahab was his eventual downfall. What was initially just a liking or an affinity towards the wrong people turned into joining them in 2 Chronicles 20:37. What started out as an affinity ended up with his works being broken. What was just an affinity towards Ahab led to his son marrying Ahab’s daughter. Jehoshaphat never realized the danger of having an affinity towards the wrong crowd.
My friend, you cannot have an affinity towards the wrong crowd without joining them in the end. Many preachers have made the mistake of having an affinity towards the wrong people only to become the wrong type of preacher in the end. Many believers have had an affinity towards the wrong influences and people only to join up and become what they had a liking for, which resulted in their children living wicked lives and their hearts being broken in their old age. Jehoshaphat’s affinity should be a warning to every believer about the dangers of your affinity towards the wrong people. Let me give you a couple of cautions about the wrong affinity.
First, the wrong crowd has nothing to offer you. Let me caution you about looking into the wrong crowd. I know that the other side always looks better, and I know that many think you can get good ideas from them, but what most don’t see is the broken lives at the end. Just because you haven’t walked the road of the wrong crowd doesn’t mean you need to see it. The wrong crowd, whether it is the religious crowd or the world, will never tell you the end of their road because they don’t know where it leads. My friend, I know where the end of the old paths of God’s Word leads because I have seen it several times over, and the end of those paths are joy and fulfillment.
Second, beware of preachers whose affinity is towards the wrong crowd. It doesn’t matter how big the church a preacher builds; if their affinity is often towards the wrong crowd, you would be wise not to associate yourself with that preacher. The preacher’s whose affinity is towards the wrong crowd always leads the next generation to the world. Stay away from the preachers who have the wrong affinity.
Third, if your affinity is often placed on the wrong people, you need to ask God to change your affinity. The way you change your affinity is by not following people, and instead by spending time in God’s Word. The only way to have the right affinity is through having stronger associations that pull you further to the right, and by having a daily walk with God in the Scriptures. If you keep your affinity right, you will have a fulfilling life when you are old.