Allegiance That Derails Destiny: The A-J Example
“Be careful to whom you give your loyalty for the height of your success or the depth of your failure depends on it”.
It was this time last year that I shared the quote above in my #WisdomTonic series, and some persons have reached out to me for further clarifications. As someone who enjoys the completeness of the Holy Bible, I will be using practical examples in the Bible to drive home my point.
A popular King who lost out of favour with God because of his allegiance with another King was Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat was the King of Judah in ancient times, and he followed the good steps of his father in worshipping the one and only true God! For that, he was blessed by God and his reign was prosperous until he derailed in his choice of partnership.
“Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab.
And Ahab King of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, wilt thou go with me to Ramoth-gilead? And he answered him, I am as thou art, and my people as thy people; and we will be with thee in the war”.
Just like every partnership, you share in the problems and success of your partners. This is why you have to be very careful in picking whom you give your allegiance and loyalty, as it has the tendency to make or mar you!
Like the case of Jehoshaphat, it brought doom to the glorious destiny he would have enjoyed.
“And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to King Jehoshaphat, shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? Therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD”.
This partnership almost cost him his life while fighting Ahab’s battles. And after the death of Ahab, he still has not learnt his lesson. Instead, he went ahead to renew the partnership with Ahaziah, his son.
“And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Azariah king of Israel, who did very wickedly:
And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Ezion-geber.
Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the Lord hath broken thy works. And the ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.”
Just like Jehoshaphat, a lot of people suffer the same fate unknown to them. They are busy fighting other people battles in the name of loyalty to business or political interest and in some cases due to family ties. In the long run, they sacrifice their success, goodwill and reputation.
While Jehoshaphat was lucky to have been clearly warned of the foolishness of his actions, you might not be lucky to have such warnings. This might be the closest you will get as a caution sign for you to check those you give your loyalty and allegiance!
To your success! 🍷
A & B Coach
IDEDE Oseyande, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, is an unrepentant believer in the Nigeria project.
His concern for the actualisation of a prosperous nation and the continent, in general, is reflected in his written works.
He currently runs an online advocacy platform (www.socialwatchdog.ng) where he engages the government and the people.
Among his published works are ‘What is Left of What is Right?’, ‘The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader’ and ‘Warri No Dey Carry Last’.
He is a guest writer for several blogs and his Attitudinal and Behavioral Coaching classes has transformed many lives.