Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 17, 2015

“He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Chronicles chapter 22.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+22&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem.  And his mother’s name was Athaliah, the granddaughter of Omri.  He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother was his counselor to do wickedly.  He did evil in the sight of the Lord like the house of Ahab, for they were his counselors after the death of his father, to his destruction.

He also walked according to their counsel, and went with Jehoram the son of Ahab king of Israel to wage war against Hazael king of Aram at Ramoth-gilead.  But the Arameans wounded Joram.”  2 Chronicles 22:2-5.

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He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will suffer harm.”  Proverbs 13:20.

We should walk with good friends, good counselors, good elders, good spouse, and good rulers.

We should avoid foolish friends, foolish counselors, foolish elders, foolish spouse, and foolish rulers.

But, sometimes foolish friends, foolish counselors, foolish elders, foolish spouse, and foolish rulers are more interesting, fun, and cool.

But, in the end, if we walk with them, we will suffer harm.  Ahaziah walked according to their counsel and foolishly went into war and suffered injury.

That is all pretty obvious, and we all would probably nod our heads in agreement.

But, where it becomes more subtle is with good doctrine.

We may be tempted to stay in a church just because our family and friends are there.

Or, we may like the music or the youth program or the service opportunities.

But, the doctrine is bad.  And, we continue to walk with the bad doctrine in the church.

Although I grew up with Reformed Doctrine in Western Michigan, in 1977, I moved to Florida to go to law school, and I stayed here in Florida.  I attended and was a member, even a lay leader, in a large range of churches from Assembly of God to Baptist to Calvary Chapel to United Methodist to nondenominational churches and small fellowships.  At first, I thought Reformed Doctrine would be preached in all Christian Protestant churches.  When I heard some strange preaching or teaching, I first thought that the problem was just with that particular minister or teacher.  Eventually, a childhood friend, who remained in Western Michigan, asked me if I remembered “TULIP” which is also known as the Five Points of Calvinism and the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.  I studied the differences between Calvinism and Arminianism.  That study made me aware that often what bothered me was not just bad preaching or teaching, but rather the problem was caused by bad doctrine (Arminianism) that broadly and deeply affected that church and its denomination which at some time of its history strayed away from Reformed Doctrine.  Through God’s grace, I came back to walk the good paths of Reformed Doctrine.

“16 Thus says the Lord,
Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths,
Where the good way is, and walk in it;
And you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
17 “And I set watchmen over you, saying,
‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’
But they said, ‘We will not listen.’
18 “Therefore hear, O nations,
And know, O congregation, what is among them.
19 “Hear, O earth:  behold, I am bringing disaster on this people,
The fruit of their plans,
Because they have not listened to My words,
And as for My law, they have rejected it also.”  Jeremiah 6:16-19.

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