The company we keep can truly influence our faithfulness to the Lord. Jehoshaphat was related to Ahab, the king of Israel, by marriage. He visited with the king, and the two men discussed the possibility of going to war with an enemy nation. Jehoshaphat asked Ahab to bring in some prophets to give them insight into God's will for this attack. The prophets all agreed with the kings and encouraged them to go to war. When Jehoshaphat asked for a prophet of the Lord, Ahab balked because he never said anything good to the wicked king. They called for the prophet, and he told them that God was not in the battle, and they should not fight. Everyone immediately turns against the prophet of the Lord and even hit him in anger. He is put into prison until the war is won and Ahab is sitting on his throne once again. This courageous prophet believed in "thus saith the Lord" above any human wisdom that the heathen prophets could produce. He stood strong in the midst of persecution and told them the truth. We are now living in a heathen culture where God's Word is ignored or laughed at meaning we, too, will face persecution when we take it to the world. Some will listen and be saved, but most will scoff at the truth which stands in complete competition to their ideas and beliefs. Are you willing to stand for the truth? Does your pastor preach straight from the Scriptures? Are the people you spend most of your time with walking with God and giving you wise counsel from His Word? We cannot do this on our own. We need to walk with our God, we need to hear His Word preached, and we need His people to encourage us in our faith walk.

Help me, Lord, to stand for You even when everyone else turns away. Help me to speak the truth and to depend upon Your people for support, encouragement, and help.