// Read: I Kings 13:18-26 //
18 But the old man said, “I am a prophet too, just as you are; and an angel gave me a message from the Lord. I am to take you home with me and give you food and water.”

But the old man was lying to him. 19 So they went back together, and the prophet ate some food and drank some water at the old man’s home.

20 Then, suddenly, while they were sitting at the table, a message from the Lord came to the old man, 21-22 and he shouted at the prophet from Judah, “The Lord says that because you have been disobedient to his clear command and have come here, and have eaten and drunk water in the place he told you not to, therefore your body shall not be buried in the grave of your fathers.”

23 After finishing the meal, the old man saddled the prophet’s donkey, 24-25 and the prophet started off again. But as he was traveling along, a lion came out and killed him. His body lay there on the road, with the donkey and the lion standing beside it. Those who came by and saw the body lying in the road and the lion standing quietly beside it, reported it in Bethel where the old prophet lived.

26 When he heard what had happened he exclaimed, “It is the prophet who disobeyed the Lord’s command; the Lord fulfilled his warning by causing the lion to kill him.”

Companions could be any of your acquaintances, friends or peer groups. Young prophet’s life was cut short by the advice of the old Prophet. Old prophet counseled him against the will of God and the instructions that the Lord gave to him. When he came back to eat, lion double crossed him and killed him. Who is giving you another instruction besides what God said? Be careful of old Prophet’s instruction that is contrary to divine instruction. It is not every counsel you can take, the Holy one of Israel will not repents therefore, be careful of your sources of influence. Don’t cut short your destiny by wrong influence.

PRAYER: Pray that you will not cut short your life by wrong influence

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