2 Chronicles 20:1-2
1 After this the Moabites and Ammonites, and with them some of the Meunites, came against Jehoshaphat for battle. 2 Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, “A great multitude is coming against you from Edom, from beyond the sea; and, behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar” (that is, Engedi).
You may have heard the expression, ‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend’. There are very few things that bring people together like a common enemy. Think back to the 9/11 attacks attacks on the World Trade Center. Like the enemies of Israel in today’s text, for a brief time following those attacks there was no mention of the many political issues that were causing division, the labels of Republican, Democrat, Liberal, and Conservative suddenly carried far less weight as people recognized that the value of life far outweighed the political classifications that people had been divided into. Everyone came together under a common dislike. But, as you have probably noticed, now that the thing that everyone was against has gone away, those divides are back in place. You have, in all likelihood experienced this ‘comrade’ mentality in your life from time to time. Because you and someone else shared a common dislike you came into a relationship with that person. However, when the threat or common dislikes had gone you realized that this person was really not someone who you needed in your life at all. In fact, they were probably more of a hinderance to you than you would’ve cared to admit. This is something to keep in mind as you seek to develop your inner circle. Be careful to not build your relationships on in common likes and dislikes. You will quickly find that some people want to fight just for the sake of fighting and might someday find yourself on the other side of their focus. – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff